August 11, 2020
South Bend households that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census may be getting a visit from U.S. Census bureau employees starting this week, as the decennial count of the country’s population moves into the door-to-door stage.
“Even during these challenging times, it’s critical for our community to participate in the Census. I encourage residents to respond online, by mail, or over the phone,” said Mayor James Mueller. “When Census workers visit households that have yet to respond, they’ll be wearing a mask and following local public health guidelines.”
Households that haven’t filled out the Census can expect a visit from a Census taker who will be carrying Census Bureau-branded equipment and have an ID badge with their photo, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
If no one is home when a Census taker visits, they’ll leave a notice with information about how to respond online, by phone, or by mail.
For those who may need assistance filling out their Census through other in-person options, the Census Bureau plans to station a questionnaire assistance team outside the County-City Building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 14, 18, 20, 26, 28 and 31.
So far, 60.7 percent of South Bend households have responded to the 2020 Census.
To fill out the Census, visit 2020census.gov, call 844-330-2020, or return the paper form you received in the mail.