The 2020 Census Day is April 1, 2020. The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count – or a census – of America’s population. The 2020 Census goal is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.
The census provides vital information for you & your community.
- It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress.
- Communities rely on census statistics to plan a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools, and emergency services.
- Businesses use census data to help provide more local jobs and places to shop.
- The federal Government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars to states and communities each year based on U.S. Census Bureau Data
Below are some CENSUS 101 on what you need to know:
- Everyone Counts. The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place.
- It’s about fair representation. Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
- It’s in the Constitution. The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years. The census covers entire country and everyone living here. The first census was in 1790.
- It means $675 billion. Census determine how more than $675 billion are spent, supporting your state, county and community’s vital programs.
- It’s about redistricting. After each census, state officials use the results to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts, adapting to population shifts.
- Taking part is your civic duty. Completing the census is required.
- Census data are being used all around you.
- You are confidential. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. Information cannot be shared with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or allow it to be used to determine eligibility for government benefits.
- 2020 will be easier than ever. In 2020, you will be able to respond the census online.
- You can help. By giving ideas to ensure everyone gets counted.
To find frequently asked questions, click here.
To see how the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond, click here.
For more data and general information regarding Census 2020, visit the U.S Census Bureau’s Website, or call Town Hall at 561-732-2635.