2020 Census: ACT NOW!
You should have received an invitation in the mail to participate in a survey for the 2020 census. If you haven’t done so already, please respond as soon as possible.
The census happens every 10 years, and provides an official count of the U.S. population and information about important demographic changes over a decade. The data collected helps determine the distribution of federal funding to states for numerous programs that help our communities:
- Medicaid, school lunches, and SNAP
- Roads, bridges, hospitals and schools
- After-school programs and community health centers
The census counts every single person in the U.S. It’s your civic duty. Completing the census is mandatory; it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I count!”
It’s about fair representation.
Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives.
It’s in the constitution.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years.
It’s about redistricting.
After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
Your privacy matters.
The census is safe and private. In fact, federal law prohibits anyone at the Census Bureau from sharing personal census information, with violations resulting in stiff penalties and jail time. The questionnaire is short and only asks for basic information (e.g., age, sex, race, type of housing, etc.) for all people living in your household. It does NOT ask for sensitive information like social security numbers, immigration status or credit union or bank account information.
The census is here!
By now, you should have received a postcard with instructions from the U.S. Census Bureau. You can respond online, by mail or over the phone. It is important that every adult and every child living in your household be counted – regardless of citizenship status. Be sure to complete your census questionnaire as soon as possible. If not, census workers will begin visiting homes in May for those who do not respond on their own.
Shape your future. Start here.
Our community has a lot to gain when we all respond to the census. So make an impact by participating in the 2020 census. When we all come together, anything is possible. Take action at www.2020census.gov.