The deadline to complete the U.S. Census has been moved up a month to Sept. 30.
The Keizer Community Library is a resource for anyone needing internet access to complete the United States 2020 Census. Computers will be available by appointment Mondays from 1-4 p.m. and Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. The library is on the ground floor of the Keizer Cultural Center, 980 Chemawa Road N.E.
To make an appointment, call the library at 503-390-2370 and leave a message; or 503-363-4548. The email address is [email protected]. Information is also available at www.keizerlibrary.org. The Census questionnaire can also be completed online, even from a mobile device, at census2020.gov.
Taking part in the Census has an impact on almost every aspect of government from city to federal levels and, for the first time, completing it can be done online in about 10 minutes.
The questionnaire asks for the names, gender, age (including date of birth) and race/ethnicity of each person living at the residence, whether residents own or rent and for a phone number in case there is a need to follow up. There is no question about citizenship status.
Census results determine congressional representation, the allocation of Electoral College votes, and is used to draw boundaries for state and local election districts. Nonprofits and businesses use Census data to help determine where to build health care facilities, child care and senior centers, grocery stores and new factories. The demographic information informs how the cities like Keizer engage with the its residents at nearly every level.