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Posted on: February 26, 2020

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2020 Census

What Is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in United States on April 1st.

Every 10 years, the Census Bureau counts everyone who lives in the country. The census counts every person living in the United States regardless of their country of origin or immigration status. This includes children and newborn babies, grandparents, friends, nonrelatives, and everyone who is living or staying with you on April 1, 2020.

Why We Conduct This Count

The Constitution requires that we conduct a population count once every 10 years. And while it’s a tremendous effort and difficult task, the outcome is important! The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you, your family and the community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. State and local officials also use census counts to draw boundaries for congressional, state legislative, and school districts.

Responses are Required & Confidential

Getting a complete and accurate census count is critically important. That’s why your response is required by law. If you do not respond, the U.S. Census Bureau will follow up in person to collect your response.

Your response will help shape our community for the next decade. A complete and accurate count is important for you and for our community, because the results of the 2020 Census will determine how much federal funding will flow back into our community for important public services and resources

And while you are required by law to participate, the Census Bureau is also required by law to protect your answers. Your responses are used only to produce statistics. The Census Bureau will never share any personal or household information.

 

How to Respond

Responding to the 2020 census will be easier than ever!

Between mid-March and April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census by responding to a short questionnaire that will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The questionnaire will ask for basic information about everyone who lives in your household; such as name, age, sex, race and ethnicity. You will have three options for responding: online, by phone or by mail.

The 2020 Census marks the first time you’ll have the option to respond online. You can even respond from your mobile device!

Who Counts as Part of Your Home?

If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time. If someone is staying in your home on April 1, and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your household response to the 2020 Census.

Counting Young Children

It is important to remember to count any children who are living with you. This includes:

  • All children who live in your home, including foster children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and the children of friends (even if they are living with you temporarily).
  • Children who split their time between homes, if they are living with you on April 1, 2020.
  • Newborn babies, even those who are born on April 1, 2020, or who are still in the hospital on this date.

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