When it comes to getting our fair share of representation in government, housing, education, transport and business growth, the census REALLY counts. And what makes the census count is ALL of us! The U.S. Constitution requires that every 10 years, America’s population must be counted. The first Census was in 1790.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 is CENSUS DAY.
In 2020, households will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. The Census Bureau expects many households to complete the questionnaire online, using instructions received in the mail. These instructions will also include information about how to respond by phone. Some households will receive a printed questionnaire which they can mail, postage-free, back to the Census Bureau. A small percentage of households, primarily located in remote areas of the country, will be visited by a census taker who will help collect the necessary information to complete the form.
Your personal information is confidential and is NOT shared with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies or to determine your eligibility for government benefits.
“The United States census is so much more than just a head count. It is a snapshot of America that determines how congressional seats are apportioned, how state and federal dollars are distributed, where businesses choose to ship products and where they build new stores. To do all that properly, the count needs to be accurate.” New York Times. March 27. 2018.
Links to official census information.