Update: As of May 20, 2020, the response rate in Rush County is at 40.1% compared to the state average of 63.9%. Please help to raise our numbers by completing your census today. This information is vital to our county receiving federal assistance. View the response map
What if I Never Received a Form?
Some Rush County residents have indicated they have not received a census form in the mail. If you have not received your form, click here for information on what to do. For those who have not received forms, please be advised, we are working with the regional census representative to get forms distributed.
What is the Census?
In March 2020, every household received an invitation to complete a simple questionnaire. The three ways to respond are: online/mobile, by phone call, or sending the census by mail. Local census takers will assist those who do not respond.
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
Why Do We Conduct This Count?
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
If you have questions, we have answers. Click here to access a collection of fact sheets provided by the United States Census Bureau.
Are you Ready to Begin?
The census only takes a few minutes to complete. If you are ready to complete the census online, Click Here to Begin.