Countdown to Census Day 2020

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Jefferson County Counts

It’s that time–the time that comes once a decade. You guessed it! The census.

For 230 years and counting, the United States, per the U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 2) mandate, has been performing a headcount every 10 years of every residing in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Island areas. The data and population totals gathered from the census determine a number of things varying on a federal, state, and community level. Here are a few examples:

  • number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives,
  • redrawing of legislative and school districts within a state.
  • community funding.

 By filling out and taking part in the 2020 census you are shaping the future of your community and state.

How the 2020 Census will invite you to respond

Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.

Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census from either a postal worker or a census worker.

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of households will receive their census invitation by mail

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of households will receive their census invitation when a census taker drops it off*

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of households will be counted in person by a census taker**

* In these areas majority of households may not receive mail at their home’s physical location, i.e. PO boxes or area recently affected by natural disasters.

**Instead of being invited to respond on their own. This is in very remote areas such as northern Maine, remote Alaska, and in select American Indian area that request to be counted in person.

Important dates

In mid-March, homes across our county and the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once you receive your invitation, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by mail, or by phone.

Mid-March 2020

Households will begin to receive official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by mail, or by phone.

April 1, 2020 | Census Day

Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. When you respone to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

May - July 2020

To ensure everyone is counted, Census takers will begin visiting the homes that have no responded to the 2020 Census.

December

The Census Bureau willl deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

For a full overall timeline, visit the 2020 Census website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few of the most asked questions regarding the census. 

What Is the 2020 Census?

It is a count of every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

 

Why Do We Take the Census?

The U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 2) mandates a headcount every 10 years of everyone residing in the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Island areas of the United States. This includes all people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens , and noncitizens.

The population totals from the census determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. States also use the totals to redraw legislative and school districts.

The population totals also affect funding in our community, and data collected helps decision makers know how your community is changing.

How Do I Respond to the Census?

Once your household receives an invitation to respond, there are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census: online, by mail, or by phone.

Here’s a sample invitation to respond.

This year the Census Bureau is making a big push for people to respond online. If you do not have a computer to use at home, you can visit one of our county libraries to access a computer.

However, by mail and by phone are still acceptable ways to respond to the census.

Are Census Data Really Confidential?

Absolutely!

All responses to Census Bureau surveys and censuses are confidential and proeteched under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.

More information on your privacy and security as it pertains to the 2020 Census.

Who Is Required to Respond?

Everyone living in the 50 states, 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) is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census. 

For more detail, visit the 2020 Census website.

What Questions Will Be Asked?

The 2020 Census is really quite easy. You will answer a simple questionnaire about yourself and everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020.

Here’s a sample questionnaire.

How Do I Apply to be A Census Taker?

Well, we’re glad you asked. The first step is to head over to the 2020 Census website and fill out an online job application. It shouldn’t take more than a half hour and will ask you questions about your education, work, and other experiences.

For more information and to apply, check out the 2020 Census careers area.

Work for the Census

The Census Bureau is hiring for temporary positions to assist with the 2020 Census count. This includes hiring individuals in our area. Here are a few benefits:

  • Competitive Wages that are paid weekly, and authorized expenses, such as mileage, are reimbursed for employees during field work.
  • Support Your Community by ensuring everyone is counted and the data reflects your community appropriately.
  • Flexible Hours that are a perfect fit to your schedule, especially if you are looking to earn extra money.
  • Be a Part of History by joining the 2020 Census team and playing a role in the task at hand–counting the population of the United States.

To apply or learn more about job openings, visit the 2020 Census website.

Avoiding Fraud and Scams

The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy, and safe for all participants. Here are a few tips to keep you and your data safe.

  • Avoid Scams Online – It’s important to know the Census Bureau will NOT send unsolicitated emails to request your participation in the census. In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party. Furthermore, during the 2020 Census, you will never be asked for:
    • your social security number.
    • your bank account or credit card numbers.
    • money or donations.
  • Staying Safe at Home – If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
    • First, check to ensure they have a valid ID badge with their photography, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
    • If you still have questions, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.
  • Report Suspected Fraud – If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. If it is determined the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact our police department.

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For more information regarding the 2020 Census, visit the official 2020 Census website or the United States Census Bureau website.

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