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April 1, 2020 is Census Day

Your response matters.
Standing up for the count is one of the most powerful things you can do to support yourself, your family, and your community.  Therefore, we are excited to announce that we are partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census. As a partner, we will be working to make sure our community is accurately represented in the upcoming decennial count. 
The census counts everyone in the United States. Census results are the basis for congressional representation and help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds is distributed each year to support vital programs in states and communities across the country. These funds shape local health care, housing, education, transportation, employment, and public policy.

Why is Counting Everyone Important?

Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community.
  • Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
  • The results determines how many seats in Congress each state gets.
  • It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

When does the Census take place?

April 1, 2020 - Nationwide Census Day

By April 1st, every home will receive an invitation to participate. For the first time, the Census Bureau will permit respondents to answer the survey online, by mail, or by phone.

Starting in May, the Census Bureau will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to make sure everyone is counted.

Who should be counted?

Everyone! People of all ages, races, ethnicities, citizens and non-citizens should be included in the survey count.

Is the Census data confidential?

Yes. Federal law protects your information. Census responses are confidential and protected under Title 13 of the United States Code.

The Census Bureau will never share personal information with immigration or law enforcement agencies. Employees of the Census Bureau also swear a lifetime oath to protect respondent data.

It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census or survey information that identifies an individual or business. This is true even for inter-agency communication; the FBI and other government entities do not have the legal right to access this information. As a result, the Census Bureau has one of the strongest confidentiality guarantees in the federal government.

For more information, visit The 2000 Census and Confidentiality, or learn more about title 13. 

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