Gutwein reminds local residents to complete census

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Friday, July 31, 2020 11:24 am

STATEHOUSE (July 31, 2020) – According to State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville), 2020 Census responses are critical to future federal funding in local communities, and Hoosiers should respond now if they have not already done so.

Door-to-door visits are beginning in some areas around the country to remind residents to complete their 2020 Census forms. Gutwein said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted.

"The only way to accurately get a count of the population in our community is for every Hoosier household to fill out the census," Gutwein said. "The census is important because it determines the amount of critical funding our community will receive. It only takes a few minutes and can be done online, over the phone or by returning your form in the mail."

Gutwein encourages residents to visit 2020Census.gov to fill out the census online. Hoosiers can also call 844-330-2020 or mail back the questionnaire sent to households.

Gutwein said the census office is still waiting to hear from households in Northwest Indiana, including the following percentage of households by county:

  • Fulton County, 38%;
  • Jasper County, 29%;
  • Newton County, 33%;
  • Pulaski County, 40%; and
  • Starke County, 40%.

Census workers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit households. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing, and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.

Gutwein said everyone is required to fill out the census every 10 years by law, and the information is kept confidential. Personal information cannot be used against respondents by any government agency or court.

According to Gutwein, billions of dollars in federal funding to support education, housing, health and public safety are on the line as this data impacts strategic planning decisions about statewide job training, locations of new businesses and public transportation projects.

Self-responses are due by Oct. 31, 2020.

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State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which
includes all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
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here for a high-resolution photo of Gutwein.