As required by the U.S. Constitution, every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau, a non-partisan government agency, conducts a nationwide census to count the population of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. Participation in the Census is required by law, and all data collected by the Census is strictly confidential, meaning that your individual response is protected by law and cannot be shared with anyone including but not limited to immigration services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), local law enforcement agencies and landlords.
Why the Census Counts
Census data is used for a number of purposes, not the least of which is to draw congressional and state legislative districts. This means that the Census will help determine who represents your interests across all levels of government. The Census also directly impacts the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding for health care, schools, community resources and roads, among other resources we all use every day.
How to Respond
By April 1, 2020 (also known as “Census Day”), every home in Whitehall will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. This will include a code unique to your household.
For those who have limited access to the internet, please visit the Columbus Metropolitan Library Whitehall Branch, located at 4445 E Broad Street. The branch will have a dedicated Census computer and staff will be available for general Census-related questions.
Not sure of who to count? Anyone living in your home as of April 1, 2020 counts. This includes family members, as well as any friends, roommates, young children, newborns, renters, or others sleeping in your home most of the time. College students, elderly family members or others living in a group home setting should not be counted. Still unsure of who to count? Get more specifics here >>
Be a Census Taker
The Census Bureau is now recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country. Census takers have flexible hours and are offered competitive wages, paid training and have authorized expenses, such as mileage reimbursement for those doing field work. Learn more and apply here >>
Important Census Dates
- March 12 - 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail.
- March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
- April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
- April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
- May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
- December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
Timeline Source: https://2020census.gov/en/important-dates.html
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