We all have a stake in making sure everyone is counted. The 2020 Census will be used to determine political representation, government funding, and planning decisions for everything from school districts to new roads to new business development. It will shape our community through 2030 and beyond. Watch the short video below to learn more about the 2020 Census.
Check out an informational Census questionnaire to see what questions will be asked and how easy it will be for you to be counted this year!
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Census 2020 FAQs
1. What is the Decennial Census?
Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
2. Why is the Census important?
Responding to the census affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census is used to:
• Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.
• Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.
• Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives.
3. When will Residents Complete the Census?
Beginning in mid-March, people will receive a notice in the mail to complete the 2020 Census. Once you receive it, you can respond online. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that haven’t responded to the census.
4. How Can I Respond the Census?
In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online! You can also respond by phone or mail if you prefer. Responding should take around ten minutes, that’s less time than to finish your breakfast!
5. What Information will be Requested?
The decennial census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. Information will include names, age, gender, race. When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020.
6. What Information will NOT be Requested?
The Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Social Security numbers
- Bank or credit card account numbers
- Money or donations of any kind
- Anything on behalf of a political party
7. Will My Information be Confidential?
The short answer is, Yes!
It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private.
No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
8. Where can I Learn More?
You can learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting 2020census.gov.