05 Apr 2020 Census Information
April 1st was National Census Day! Everyone counts! What does that mean and why is it important? When you respond to the census, you tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone living in your home on that day (including newborns and anyone staying there who does not have a usual home elsewhere). While April 1 is the reference date, people can submit their questionnaire before or after that date.
The 2020 Census is important for you and your community! Data from the census provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They are also used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Further, the results help us understand how demographics—including income and education levels – and population size are changing in our area. Businesses, researchers, and policymakers depend on the high-quality data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau to make important decisions such as:
• Where to build schools, roads, and hospitals;
• Where to open new stores and expand operations;
• What products and services to sell;
• What new policies and public programs will be most helpful in your community.
If residents neglect this important process, our community may not receive the funding it needs!
During the 2020 Census, you will never be asked:
· Your Social Security number;
· Money or donations;
· Anything on behalf of a political party;
· Your bank or credit card account numbers;
· Your citizenship status.
Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home.
You will have three options for responding to the census mailing you will receive on or about March 12:
· By phone.
· By mail.
For more information, use the following links:
Remember: Everyone counts!