Countdown to Census Day 2020
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.
of households will receive their census invitation by mail
of households will receive their census invitation when a census taker drops it off*
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.
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.
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.
The Census Bureau willl deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
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?
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?
What Questions Will Be Asked?
How Do I Apply to be A Census Taker?
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.