Census questions, asked and answered

Census questions, asked and answered

During his talk at the Carlinville Rotary Club earlier this month, Gordon Wayman answered questions about the census. Here are his paraphrased responses, unless they are listed in quotes.

Wayman took questions when his presentation was complete.

How is the census taken?

There are three ways to take the census. Respondents can complete online, by phone or when a census collector stops by their home.

When is the final count announced?

“The final count is delivered to the President at the end of the year, and then from there it goes to Congress. In April of 2021, all of the information will be given to the states and the states will begin the process of drawing the maps for the next congressional election.”

What states are projected to gain people?

“Probably Texas and a lot of the southern states. Illinois has lost one congressional seat every 10 years since 1980. We won’t know until we get all the results in.”

Do you have any issues or challenges of college students being counted twice?

“If they  are, we will find that out. August through the end of the year is for quality control, checking names, birthdays, making sure all the information is accurate.”

How long is the U.S. Census information kept secure?

72 years. This was the average life expectancy when legislation was approved regarding this.

How are nursing home handled?

Nursing homes are referred to as group quarters. If it’s a facility that has multiple people living there with different last names, people from the census will go to these homes and discuss this with the administrators of these facilities.

Will college students be counted as residents of their home town or residents of Carlinville?

“Wherever you’re at the majority of the time is where you’re counted. If it’s 50-50, some children have half custody for the father, half for the mother, it’s where you’re at on April 1.”

Do you try to count homeless people?

“Yes. That’s part of the group quarters. They’ve identified where the homeless dwell.

For additional information on the upcoming U.S. Census, visit 2020census.gov.