The Census has been a cornerstone of our democracy since the first national count in 1790.
The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.
HOW DOES THE CENSUS BENEFITS YOUR COMMUNITY?
Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. People in your community use census data in all kinds of ways, such as these:
Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.
Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.
Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE 2020 CENSUS?
HOW IS CENSUS DATA BEING USED?
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The next census is coming in 2020. Counting an increasingly diverse and growing population is a massive undertaking. It requires years of planning and the support of thousands of people.
Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. The Census Bureau depends on cross-sector collaborations with organizations and individuals to get people to participate.
The 2020 Census is important for you and your community, and you can help. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming 2020 Census please contact Alyssa Cornelius at 630-693-7512 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org