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.