US Census Counts On You!

Stuck at home? Nothing to do?

Fill out your census form!

By now, you should have received information (by mail) about completing the 2020 count. There are 3 ways to do it: online (click here), by phone (844-330-2020) or mail.

The census is important for many reasons. Two are critical: the number of seats each state is allotted in Congress (we went from 6 representatives to 5 after the 2000 census), and billions of dollars in federal funding for schools, healthcare, transportation and social services.

So how are we (and you) doing?

Click here for a map. You can check how Connecticut is doing, compared to the nation as a whole (a tad above average), and how Westport compares to the rest of the state (decently above average).

Respond today. Then check tomorrow. The map is updated every day at 3 p.m.

(For more information on the 2020 census — and to respond — click here.)

But wait! There’s more!

The census can be a family affair — and earn a $500 prize. Well, your high school student can, anyway.

Norwalk2Bridgeport is sponsoring a “2020 Census Throwdown.” High schoolers in Westport, Norwalk, Fairfield and Bridgeport are invited to submit lyrics “expressing vital information about the census via original Instagram videos.”

Lyrics — in any musical style — will be judged on creativity, and how clearly students express their info.

Judges are notable celebrities with local roots, including Oscar, Grammy and Tony-winning Staples graduate Justin Paul.

Upload videos to Instagram with the hashtag #N2Bcensusthrowdown, and tag @norwalk2bridgeport. Profiles must be public during the submission period.

The deadline is April 15.

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