You Count!

Your participation in the 2020 Census is important. The information the Census collects is confidential – but essential to planning how federal funds reach your community and help ensure its bright future.

*What is the Census?
-The United States census counts people in the places where they live the majority of the year. The U.S. Constitution requires that a census be taken every 10 years.

*Why Should I Care?
-The information the census collects is important: it helps determine federal funding is spent. Libraries and schools in your area depend on these funds to be able to operate.

*Who Should Complete the Census Questionnaire?
-Relatives, friends, roommates and anyone else who lives and sleeps in your home most of the time — even children under age five and babies born on or before April 1, even if they are still in the hospital.

*When is the Census Taking Place?
-April 1, 2020 was Census Day – It’s kind of a reminder day: if you haven’t completed your questionnaire yet, you should do it soon!

*How do I fill out the questionaire?
-In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer. Responding should take less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee.

*What Else Should I Know?
-Individual census responses are confidential. Federal law prohibits sharing census information beyond generalized statistics.
-Census data is separate. This data is not automatically collected through other activities like voting, paying taxes or getting a driver’s license.