Every 10 years in the United States as mandated by the U.S Constitution, a decennial census is conducted that determines who is counted and where they are counted.

The U.S. Census Bureau has worked diligently since 2010 to ensure that responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important because it is key to shaping the future of communities. 

Almost 52 percent of households have responded to the 2020 Census in Sevier County since invitations began arriving in mailboxes March 12-20. This can be compared to almost 62 percent who have responded in the nation. Response rates are updated in the map daily seven days a week at https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html so that the public can see how well their community is doing compared to the nation and other areas.

The Census Bureau is strongly encouraging the public to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. You can respond online or by phone in English or 12 other languages. There are also 59 non-English language guides and videos (plus American Sign Language) available on 2020census.gov ensuring over 99% of U.S. households can respond online in their preferred language. It has never been easier to respond on your own — all without having to meet a census taker. This is really important with the current health and safety guidance being provided by national, state and local health authorities.

Households that have not responded online or by phone have now received a paper questionnaire. Responding now will minimize the need for a census taker to follow up and visit your home in August. Please make sure your friends, family and social networks know about the importance of responding and encourage them to complete their census. 

The 2020 Census is open for self-response online at 2020census.gov, over the phone at 844.330.2020 (English) and 844.468.2020 (Spanish) and by paper through the mail.

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