About the Census
The US Constitution requires that every 10 years, the federal government take a count, or a census, of America's population. The census is a very important measurement of our City, as these numbers will be used for the next ten years for a number of purposes, including:
- It determines how many Representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries.
- Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs, including new roads, schools, and emergency services.
- Each year, the federal government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars to states and communities based on Census Bureau data.
- Businesses use census data to determine where to open places to shop.
The 2020 Census begins in March, 2020.
How do I complete the census questionnaire?
The US Census Bureau will offer three ways to respond: internet, telephone, and paper. People can respond in 12 non-English languages over the phone or via the internet.
How will the census questionnaire come to you?
In March, 2020, postcards will go out to households all over the country with information about the census, and instructions about how to answer the census questionnaire online. The questionnaire will take only a few minutes to complete.
In May, 2020, professional census-takers will begin to follow up in person, calling or visiting households that have not yet completed the census. They will be clearly identified as employees of the US Census.
Is the information I give the census confidential?
Yes. The Census Bureau does not share your information with any other entity. The Bureau completes a report on the overall demographics of each area, but individual information is not shared in any way.
Will there be a question about citizenship on the census questionnaire?
No. The US Supreme Court has decided that the citizenship question could not be added to the 2020 census. The census forms have already been finalized without this question.
Census Job Opportunities
The US Census Bureau will be hiring people to serve as census-takers in our community. Learn more about how to apply here.