By now, most of the country has responded to the 2020 Census. Nationally, 84.9 percent of all housing units have either self-responded or been contacted by a census taker, and in California, the number is even higher – 88.9 percent. But with less than a month to go before the Sept. 30 deadline, it’s essential that every household is counted, and self-response rates in most North State counties is below the statewide rate.

In Trinity County, for example, the self-response rate is just 29.1 percent as of Sept. 4. But it’s important that everyone be counted, which means Census takers are now visiting every household that has not already responded to make sure they are counted. If you haven’t responded yet, it’s not too late. You can still respond online at 2020census.gov; by phone at 844-330-2020 for English and 844-468-2020 for Spanish; or by mail.

And if you self-respond, a Census taker will not need to come to your door. But if a Census taker does come to your home, please cooperate. Your community needs your response. Please answer their questions. Answering the Census taker’s questions is easy, safe and important.

Census takers are from your community. They know that a complete and accurate count will benefit your area. And your answers are completely confidential.

So if you haven’t responded yet, now is the time. Remember, the California Department of Finance estimates that for every person not counted, California and your local communities will lose out on $1,000 a year in federal benefits for the next decade.

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