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December 30, 2019
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2020 Census will affect our schools and community

The next census is happening in spring 2020. Responding to the 2020 Census is our civic duty and affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources, how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. To learn more, visit the U.S. Census Bureau.

What is the 2020 Census?
The census is an official, legally mandated, count of those living in the United States. An accurate population count is required by law and is the basis for fair political representation and distribution of government and non-profit funding. Each person counted results in about $1,535 of funding for our community. 

  • State population data is used to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • State and local officials use census results to redraw congressional, state, and local district boundaries to meet the one-person, one-vote rule.
  • Governments and nonprofits use census data to plan new roads, hospitals, schools, and other investments.
  • Census data are vital to businesses to address the changing needs of our population.
    In 2015, Census data were used to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities for health, education, housing, and infrastructure.

What can you do to help? 

Complete your Census quickly and accurately
The 2020 Census is the first U.S. Census that can be completed conveniently online. 

Share Census information with your friends and neighbors
You may find and share Census 2020 updates by following the U.S. Census Bureau social media accounts. 

Work for Census 2020
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. They are hiring positions including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. Jobs for the 2020 Census offer flexible hours and competitive wages that are paid weekly with many positions making $19.50 an hour and $0.58 per mile reimbursement. 

What is the timeline you can expect?
The timeline below lists important dates for the 2020 Census.

March 12-20, 2020 Census letter invitation
March 16-24, Reminder letter
March 26-April 3, Reminder postcard
April 8-16, Reminder letter and paper questionnaire
April 20-27, Final reminder postcard
May 2020, In-person follow up to non-responders

Is the Census secure?
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.

You may respond online, by mail, or by phone. Households that don’t respond in one of these ways will be visited by a census taker to collect the information in person. Regardless of how you respond, your personal information is protected by law. All data submitted online are encrypted to protect personal privacy, and the U.S. Census Bureau’s cyber-security program meets the highest and most recent standards for protecting personal information.