Participating in the Census is important as the data collected is used help to shape our future and impact our communities. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.
Listed below are 5 important facts to remember as Census Day approaches.
1. Key Dates to Remember
March 12 - April 3
Invitations to complete the online questionnaire will be mailed to homes. Reminders letters and postcards will also be mailed.
The official Census Day. Complete your form online, by mail, or by telephone before April 30.
April 8 - 27
Another reminders and a printed questioners will be mailed. And a final reminder will be mailed. May - July In-person follow-up to households that did not respond.
2. When to Expect a Home Visit
For households that don't respond to the census, you might get a visit. Remember, the visit is solely for the purpose of making sure your family is counted. If a census employee comes to your door, ask to see their photo identification badge. The badge will have a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.
3. The Census is Multilingual
The printed Census forms are available in English and Spanish. However the online questionnaire, an instructional video, and printed guides are available in 59 non-English languages. There is also a Sign Language video and printed Braille guide.
4. Types of Questions to Expect
The 2020 Census asks about:
- Your household size
- Additional people in your household count, like: children, relatives, non-relatives and people staying there temporarily.
- Your residence - is it a house, apartment, or mobile home?
- Each person living in the residence (gender, race, age, birthday, relation to others living there)
- The census will not ask if you are a U.S. Citizen.
5. Census Data Collection and Privacy
Your responses are combined with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your house or any person in your home. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to keep your information safe, protected and confidential. For Census information, please visit their website.
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