On Tuesday, Wilton officials posted an announcement on the town website notifying residents that most households will begin receiving invitations to respond to the 2020 Census in March.

Every household will have the option of responding online, by phone, or by mail and every household that hasn’t responded will receive reminders and a paper questionnaire.

On or between:Residents will receive:
March 12-20Invitation to respond online to 2020 Census
March 16-24A reminder letter
March 26-April 3If you have not yet responded, a reminder postcard
April 8-16A reminder letter and paper questionnaire
April 20-27A final reminder postcard before follow up made in person by Census staff

Officials:  “2020 Census–It’s safe.” 

According to the announcement, “Private information is never published, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers. The Census Bureau collects information to produce statistics. Personal information collected by the census cannot be used against respondents by any government agency or court. The 2020 Census takes cybersecurity very seriously; from the beginning when a respondent answers to the end when the data products are released, data are encrypted, safe, and secure.”

2020 Census–Why it’s done.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years. Census data is used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives, to define congressional and state legislative districts, school districts, and voting precincts, and to determine how federal funds are distributed back to the states and local communities.

The announcement also links to a video on the 2020 Census.

For more information on the 2020 Census, visit the Census Bureau website.