What is a census and why is it important?
The census counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy. The census is done every 10 years.
How does the census even benefit me?
You and your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. Census data is used for legislation, businesses, local policy, potential real estate development, and funding (through federal funds and grants) for schools, libraries, health care, housing, and transportation. You may think that the census does not benefit you but it does.
Who do I count in the census? How long does it take?
The census asks how many people are in your household and whether the home is owned or rented. You'll be asked to count the number of people, including babies (human babies, sorry Fido!) and people who may not have a permanent address, who are living or staying in your home. You’ll be asked to answer questions about age, race or ethnic identity, and relationships of people living at your address to you. You will NOT be asked about citizenship, banking information, political affiliation, money or donations, or your social security number. Your information will NOT be shared with immigration or law enforcement. How long this will take you depends on the size of your household but for most people it’s only 10 minutes.
Do they ask about citizenship? What if I skip a question?
The 2020 Census will not ask whether or not a person is a citizen. You can skip a question and still be included in the head count. However, skipping a question may result in a follow-up visit or phone call from a census worker.
How do I fill out the census?
In the past, responders were only able to respond through mail. However, with advancing technology, for the 2020 Census users can respond by mail, phone, or online. You can use the computers and Internet connection at the library.