Every 10 years the Census Bureau counts the population of our country. It is important that we get our friends, family, and neighbors to participate in the Census. Data collected serves as the basis to determine how public funds are allocated in our communities.
Why the 2020 Census matters:
Census data determines how much federal funding is allocated to our communities for public services and infrastructure needs for the next 10 years; determines how many congressional and state legislatures seats our region is granted; and provides a picture of the changing demographics of our country.
Census data is used to determine funding for over 55 federal programs ranging from early childhood education to senior nutrition. It also is used to determine where schools, roads, hospitals, child care centers, senior centers, and other public services should be built.
What will the 2020 Census ask?
The Census will ask 10 questions:
- How many people are living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020.
- Whether the home is owned or rented.
- Demographic data on sex, age, race, Hispanic or Latino origin, household type, family type, and relationship of each person in your home.
The Census will never ask you:
- Your Social Security number.
- Money or donations.
- Anything on behalf of a political party
- Your bank or credit card account numbers.
What are the dates for the 2020 Census?
On March 12-20, every address in the country will receive an invitation to complete the census questionnaire. There are three ways to respond: 1.) online, 2.) on the phone, or 3.) send it by mail.
March 12-July 31: Self-response begins and continues through July.
April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide.
When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.