City residents are encouraged to take the census. The census is the main way that cities can calculate their population, which in turn affects how the community is accounted for in terms of federal funding, public services, grants, loans and other programs. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail or by phone. Ninety-five percent of residents will received their census invitation by mail. We are less than 7 days away from the date the invitation to respond to the census is mailed to households across our region.