IT'S TIME TO BE COUNTED
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.
The 2020 Census is easy. The questions are simple.
The 2020 Census will ask:
- How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020.
- Whether the home is owned or rented.
- About the sex, age and race of each person in your home.
- About whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.
- About the relationship of each person in your home.
The Census Will Never Ask Certain Questions
During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for your social security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, or your bank or credit card account numbers.
Governments, businesses, communities, and nonprofits all rely on the data that these questions produce to make critical decisions.
- 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.
- 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.
- Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, which create jobs.
- Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness.
- Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.
- Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
Completing the census is mandatory. It’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”
Visit 2020census.gov for more information.