THE 2020 CENSUS. It’s safe. It’s easy. It’s important.
COMPLETE THE 2020 CENSUS TODAY!
You can respond to the Census in one of three ways: online, by phone or by mail 20202census.gov.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
The 2020 Census will help determine the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs for our community and its residents.
It’s your Constitutional right to be counted for fair representation in Congress. An accurate count also affects your representation in local government.
Census data helps invest in our community. New roads, businesses, schools, emergency services and more depend on a complete count of residents.
Census data determines the flow of millions of dollars of funding into our community to pay for critical programs and services. An accurate count of all residents ensures we receive our fair share.
HOW WILL MY INFORMATION BE USED?
By law, the Census Bureau is required to keep your information confidential and your personal census data cannot be released to any other government or law enforcement agencies, regardless of how you respond. All data submitted online are encrypted to protect personal privacy. The Census Bureau can only use your answers to produce general statistics. Your census responses cannot be used against you in by any government agency or court in any way. Learn more about the Census Bureau's data protection and privacy program at www.census.gov/privacy
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
As the 2020 Census reaches more households and given the COVID-19 public health emergency, I wanted to try and answer some of the most frequently asked questions I've heard from constituents. There is contact information below if you should need additional assistance.
How does the U.S. Census bureau verify my address?
To count every person, the Census Bureau relies on an accurate and up-to-date list of residential addresses. This list is known as the Master Address File, and includes addresses served by the U.S. Postal Service, information gathered from local governments, and information updated by Census Bureau employees in the field during the address canvassing operation last Fall. More information can be found here: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/geography/guidance/geo-areas/usps_census_city.html
What should I do if my census form has an incorrect address or if I don’t receive a form at all?
If your form has a different city name or zip code than the one you are used to seeing on your mail, but it otherwise correct, please note the following:
The actual location of your address has been verified for accuracy. The 20-digit identification number on your form links back to our master address and geographic files where we store the information about the correct geographic location to which your housing unit belongs. This geographic information was verified last year by census workers who physically located each housing unit on the ground and assigned the housing units a “geocode” using special census maps and GPS coordinates.
The address on your census form or advance letter may not list the city name or ZIP code you identify with or are used to seeing on your mail. This is a result of a cost-saving measure that streamlines how the forms are sorted and delivered to you by the U.S. Postal Service. It will NOT affect which city, town or block your household’s responses will be assigned to when we tabulate census results.
I’m worried about Census workers who are supposed to go door-to-door. Are they still planning to do that given COVID-19?
Census takers plan to conduct the non-response follow-up operation, which has currently been delayed for two weeks until April 1, 2020. Households can still respond on their own during this phase (online and phone response is available through July 31). The Census has also made changes to their group quarters operations
The Census Bureau will closely follow guidance from public health authorities when conducting this operation, as we do when conducting all field operations. If we need to delay or discontinue nonresponse follow-up visits in a particular community, we will adapt our operation to ensure we get a complete and accurate count.
What can I do right now to help the 2020 Census?
The key message right now is it has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone, or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker. Complete your census today online and encourage others to do the same at 2020census.gov
Click here for answers to more frequent questions and other helpful information or visit 2020census.gov.