Pulaski County Administration is reminding citizens of the importance of completing their Census form if they have not done so already. In April, Census officials mailed post cards to every household in America, provided instructions on completing the 2020 Census; however, with the outbreak of COVID-19 bringing our nation to a standstill many residents have forgotten all about the 10-year count that has been taking place in the United States since 1790. Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution mandates a ten year census of the nation and a 2020 count will mark the 24th time the country has counted its population. Assistant County Administrator, Anthony Akers serves on the Census Complete Count Committee and reports the response rate for Pulaski County as of May 19 is at 56.7% of citizens that have responded. The current national average is at 59.6% and Virginia response is at 64.7%. If any household has misplaced their Census information, they may go to My2020Census.gov and follow the simple instructions. It takes a little less than 10 minutes to complete the census. The Census provides critical data that affects the number of representatives a community receives in local, state, and national government as well as billions of dollars in federal and state funding for hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and other valuable resources. During this time residents are reminded that the Census Bureau will never ask you for your: Full Social Security Number, banking information, political positions or money and donations. Pulaski County is asking local residents to help encourage their friends and loved ones who may or may not have completed their Census forms to do so as the results will affect every resident.