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Count down to Census 2020
Every 10 years, the United States Constitution requires a count (or "census") of all residents. The census collects details on the entire country’s population. This information is used to:
•Determine representation in Congress.
•Distribute more than $675 billion in federal funding to states and communities.
•Allocate resources for job creation, housing, infrastructure, and more.
In this way, the census significantly impacts our City. A complete and accurate count is vital.
The Constitution mandates that all people be counted every 10 years. You should respond to the census regardless of your immigration status, housing insecurity, age, race, or ability.
It is important to know that all census data is protected by federal law and is used for statistical purposes only. It cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
You’ll receive a postcard in the mail from the Census Bureau.
In March 2020, you will receive a postcard in the mail. You can use the code on the postcard to respond to the survey online. If you prefer, you can call the number on the postcard and submit your responses over the phone. These are the best ways to be included in the count for your neighborhood
Fill out the survey
The survey should take about 30 minutes to complete. You can respond to the Census online or by phone.
Respond by April 1st.
Respond to the census promptly and encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same.
If you do not respond to the postcard, additional steps will be taken to ensure you are counted. These steps include mailing a paper form and knocking on your door to offer in-person assistance.
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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ME?
Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:
• Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.
• Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.
• Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives.
WHAT INFORMATION WILL BE REQUESTED?
The decennial census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020.
WILL MY INFORMATION BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?
Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to
disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law
enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program
that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
WHERE CAN I GO TO LEARN MORE?
You can learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting
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