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 an 90% Census completion rate by October 15.
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.
Beginning August 2020, socially distanced face-to-face operations will continue. The US Census Bureau has recently begun the process of home visitations for those who have not yet completed the 2020 Census. The goal of these visitations is to help you and everyone in your home be counted in the 2020 Census. Census takers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit your home. All census employees are required to complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing, as well as other health and safety protocols, prior to beginning their work. Takers operate between 9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m., including weekends. If no one is home at the time a Census employee visits, they will leave a notice of visit with information on how to respond.
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.
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