The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place. The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790. Learn more
Taking part is your civic duty and it's about fair representation. The results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. And it's about $675 billion. The distribution of more that $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data. The money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
If you are interested in hosting a speaker for a civic organization to talk about the importance of the census, or would like materials to help promote the census contact Robert Lindaw your local Census representative, or get details here.
You can be a Census Taker - 2020 Census Jobs provide: Great pay, Flexible hours, Weekly pay, Paid training For more information or help applying, please call 1-855-JOB-2020 or visit 2020census.gov/jobs
The Census Bureau has a Fighting 2020 Census Rumors page! What a terrific tool in this age of misinformation and disinformation!
Reporting a Rumor
Have you seen or heard something about the 2020 Census that is confusing? Let the Census Bureau know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Then be sure to spread the word to make sure everyone has the right information about the 2020 Census.
Simple answer: Yes.
More complex answer: Respond when contacted the first time – if only to save taxpayers’ funds.
If you are living in the United States, you are legally required to respond to the U.S. Census and could be subject to a fine or limited prison term for non-compliance or false answers. However, the U.S. Census Bureau is not a prosecuting agency; and failure to provide information is unlikely to result in a fine. Instead, Census Bureau staff work to achieve cooperation and high response rates by helping the public understand that responding to the Census is a matter of civic responsibility and that data from the census has benefits that span across government, industry, and profession.
Moreover, your quick response to the Census will ensure cost-efficiency in the use of taxpayer funds for the conduct of the Census. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimated that, in 2010, it cost the Census Bureau approximately $0.42 per housing unit if the household returned the survey that they received in the mail. On the other hand, if the initial survey was not answered, the Census Bureau had to spend another $98 per housing unit (or $57 per person) to collect the data.
So help the Census Bureau keep its costs down—and save the taxpayers’ dollars—by responding to the first mail contact.
The Census Bureau will never ask for:
Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
The U.S. Census Bureau will never ask for:
If a field representative comes to your home, he or she will always have official Census ID.
The general rule of thumb is to count people at their usual residence, which is defined as the place where they live and sleep most of the time. Still, in today’s world where everyone is on the go, sometimes that simple definition is not enough. See the document below for answers to many questions about how and where to count: people away from their residence on census day; people who live or stay in more than one place; college students; people in health care facilities; foreigners and visitors; U.S. military; homeless; and so many more residency situations.
The following toll-free numbers are available March 9-July 31, 2020 to answer your Census questions and provide assistance in completing your 2020 Census.
|LANGUAGE LINE||TOLL-FREE NUMBER|
|English (Puerto Rico residents)||844-418-2020|
|Spanish (Puerto Rico residents)||844-426-2020|
|Telephone Display Device||(TDD) 844-467-2020|
The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.
Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
Earn extra income while helping your community to get a complete and accurate count for the 2020 Census.
The Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen.
The League of Women Voters of Atlantic County sponsored a contest for public high school students in Atlantic County this fall focused on the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census and its importance to all communities in the state. Students were invited to create videos and songs to encourage their families, friends, and fellow community members to participate in the census. 57 students submitted entries and the three top prize-winners can be seen below: