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The 2020 Census

Why We Ask

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The census asks questions that provide a snapshot of the nation. Census results affect your voice in government, how much funding our community receives, and how our community plans for the future.

When you fill out the census, you help:

  • Determine how many seats our state gets in Congress.

  • Guide how more than $675 BILLION in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.

  • Create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies, and build schools, roads, and hospitals.

Here's a timeline of what will be coming in the mail:

April 20-27:

A final reminder postcard before we follow up in person.

March 12-20:

An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census.

(Some will also receive paper questionnaires.)

If you haven't responded yet...

April 8-16:

A reminder letter and paper questionnaire.

March 16-24:

A reminder letter.

March 26-April 3:

A reminder postcard.

how can you

help?

1. Encourage renters and recent movers to complete their census forms online or over the phone, right away. That way they don't need to worry about paper forms getting lost in the move.
 

2. Focus efforts on multi-unit buildings that are likely to have renters.

3. Emphasize  the Census Bureau's legal commitment to keep census responses confidential.
 

​4. Let people know that the online form and telephone line will be available in 13 languages. Language guides will be available in 60 languages.

5. Explain to families that responding to the census helps determine
$675 billion in local funding
for programs such as food stamps,
the National School Lunch Program, and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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to see

50 ways

we use reported data.