April 1 is U.S. Census Day. Here is what you need to know about the counting of over 350,000,000 people, whether you are a full-time resident of the East End, or a part-time resident who happens to be sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the first time in history the census can be completed online. Go to my2020census.gov. If you have received a letter from the Census Bureau at a residence you either own or rent, you will find a census ID code on it. Each living space in America, assuming it has been recorded by the bureau before now, has its own unique code.
If you live in East Hampton, Southampton, or Shelter Island, as well as some other areas on the East End, you may not have received anything from the Census Bureau. It has had to suspend operations due to the novel coronavirus. But there is a work around.
Call the Census Bureau at 1-844-330-2020, and a form can be generated by providing your street address. You can answer the questions over the phone or have a form mailed.
April 1 is the date you need to think about as you fill out your form.
If you are a resident of New York City living for the time being on the East End, or a student living away from home, you need to be counted where you would have been April 1, not where you are currently.
The information collected is confidential. The online security level for the data collected is close to or on-par with that of U.S. intelligence agencies.