Every ten years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the Census provide the basis for distributing federal funds annually to communities across the country, which support vital programs – housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They are also 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.
As soon as possible! Our City-wide goal is to have:
Residents can respond online, by phone, or by mail. Responding online is the quickest and easiest way to complete. It should take no more than a few minutes.
The 2020 Census asks how many people are living or staying at each address on the date of April 1, 2020. For each person, it asks about name, sex, age, date of birth, relationship, race, and type of housing.
It will NOT ask any questions regarding citizenship information, social security numbers, credit card numbers, anything affiliated with political parties, or request for money or donations.
One person from each home should respond for the entire household. They must be at least fifteen years old.
Yes. Your information is completely confidential and protected by law, and therefore, cannot be shared with any other government agencies – including law enforcement or immigration officials. Federal law (U.S. Code Title 13, Section 9) protects your privacy and keeps your information safe and secure.
As of right now, many processes are extended, delayed, or suspended – including all face-to-face measures. Any updates regarding COVID-19 and Census procedures will be reflected on Ferndale’s website and social media pages.
Temporary living situations can still be recorded on the 2020 Census. In general, you should count yourself where you live and sleep most of the time, particularly on April 1, 2020.
Yes. You can respond online in English and twelve additional languages, including: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Police, French, Hatian Creole, Portugese, and Japanese.
For all information about the 2020 Census, please click here.
If you need further assistance, please click here.