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It’s Census Day. What Happens Now?

How the U.S. Census Bureau divides the country into regions.

Credit: Photo courtesy U.S. Census Bureau

Above: How the U.S. Census Bureau divides the country into regions.

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Wednesday may officially be Census Day in the United States, but the Census has actually been in progress since January when the count began in remote regions of Alaska. What are the challenges involved in counting every person living in the U.S., and what is the process in San Diego?

Aired: April 1, 2020 | Transcript

Wednesday is officially Census Day. April 1 begins the massive job of counting every person living in the United States.

But the Census has actually been in progress since January when the U.S. Census Bureau began the count in the native village of Toksook Bay, Alaska and opened regional offices across the U.S.

By now, every person with a mailing address should have received a letter from the Census Bureau with an invitation to participate. Millions have responded already.

Related: Community Groups Working To Make Sure All San Diegans Participate In 2020 Census

Related: San Diego County Works For Accurate Census Count

Jeff Enos, deputy manager of the LA Regional Census Center, joins KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday to guide us through all aspects of the Census: The importance of participating, what the data is used for and who uses it, how you can respond if you haven’t, what questions are asked and why, how race and ethnicity are addressed, and how the Census Bureau has adjusted their procedures in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Related: For City Heights, The Path To Power Runs Through The Ballot And The Census

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