Census 2020 is coming!
This is so very important for both funding and representation. Here’s a quick refresher of what it is and why it’s essential that everyone is counted.
Your response matters! Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community.
- The census counts every person living in the United States once, only once, and in the right place.
- Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
- The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.
- The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs.
- 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.
- Completing the census is mandatory: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”
When it’s time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail. Every household will have the option of responding online, by phone, or by mail. Depending on how likely your area is to respond online, you’ll receive either an invitation encouraging you to respond online or an invitation along with a paper questionnaire.
It’s estimated that for each person who isn’t counted, it could result in up to $2,300/per person (annually) in federal funding the state doesn’t receive.
Your Privacy Is Protected!
It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics.
The law requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential and use your responses only to produce statistics. We cannot publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you. We will never share your information with immigration enforcement agencies such as ICE, law enforcement agencies such as the FBI or police, or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits.
General Information: https://2020census.gov/en.html
Language Resources: (59 non-English languages) https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html
Outreach Materials: https://2020census.gov/en/partners/outreach-materials.html
Census Jobs: https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html
George Washington University Study:
Mail Contact Strategies Viewer: https://gis-portal.data.census.gov/arcgis/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=7ef5c37c68a64ef3b2f1b17eb9287427
Census Type of Enumeration Area Map: https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2019/dec/2020-tea-map.html
Key Dates for U.S Census Outreach:
- March 12-20: mailing with an invitation to respond to census online
- March 16-24: reminder letter
- March 26-April 3: reminder postcard
- April 1 – Census Day
- April 8-16: reminder letter and paper questionnaire
- April 20-27: final reminder postcard before in-person follow up