What is the Census?
The Census is an official population count conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. It is completed each decade to take count of all of America’s population.
Why is the Census important?
The census determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries, among other things. Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools, and emergency services. Businesses even utilize census information to determine where to open places to shop.
How do I take part in the Census?
Forms will arrive by April 1 in the mail to each residence. For the first time ever, you will be able to respond to the Census online, by phone, as well as by mail. If you don’t respond, another notice will be sent. After two attempts, a Census taker may stop by your residence to complete the count.
What sort of information does the Census ask for?
All information taken by the Census is solely for statistical purposes. Nothing in relation to citizenship status or race is utilized in the Census information.
What happens after the count is complete?
Apportionment counts are sent to the President of the United States by December 21, 2020. Once these numbers have been approved by the President, redistricting counts are sent to the states by March 31, 2021.
My family member/friend doesn’t speak English. How can they complete the Census?
The Census is available in 13 languages: Arabic, Chinese [Simplified], English, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. If respondents have questions about the online form, they can contact Census Questionnaire Assistance for support in the same 13 languages.
For more information regarding the 2020 Census, visit www.census.gov