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What you need to know about the 2020 Census
Why it’s important
It impacts our community. The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on the census data. That money is spent on schools, roads, public works, public safety and other vital programs.
Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representitives, determining how many seats each state gets.
It’s in the constitution. The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years.
How you’ll be contacted
Responding to the 2020 Census is easier than ever. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail or by phone.
- In March of 2020, you can expect to receive an invitation in the mail to go online and complete the census questionnaire.
- In case you miss the initial letter, every household that hasnt responded by April will be mailed reminders.
- Census workers will follow up in person with households that havent responded by May.
What questions you can expect
The census collects demographic, economic, and social data. The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank or credit card information, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party.
What happens with your responses
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law.
Your answers can only be used to produce statistics – they cannot be used against you in anyway.
No law enforcement agency can access or use your personal information at any time.
Your answers cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine your personal eligibility for government benefits.
By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.