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The 2020 Census is almost here

The 2020 U.S. Census is right around the corner.

The decennial count, which is used for everything from determining Congressional apportionment to the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities, has already begun in some remote communities in Alaska.

For the rest of the nation, including residents of Gloucester and Mathews counties, the first notice people will get will be in March when they receive their invitations in the mail. The official Census Bureau mail will include detailed information on how to respond, either online, by phone or by mail.

Both Gloucester and Mathews had strong participation rates in 2010 (Gloucester’s rate was 80 percent; Mathews was 83 percent), with Gloucester’s Complete Count Committee hoping for another strong initial response locally.

April 1 is Census Day. By this date, every home will have received an invitation to participate. From May through July, census takers will begin visiting homes that haven&rsquo...

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