What is the Census?
The census is a head count for how many people are living in our country. We are required to do this every 10 years to see how we need to make changes for the future of our country.
Does it apply to me?
It applies to every single person living in the United States, citizen or not.
Why does it matter to the state/country?
The results of the 2020 Census will inform decisions about allocating hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding to communities across the country—for hospitals, fire departments, school lunch programs, and other critical programs and services.
The Census results are used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased. The U.S. Census Bureau provides states with population counts so that the state legislatures or independent bipartisan commissions can redraw congressional districts.
The 2020 Census will be valuable to businesses and organizations like CFC, as the results will provide a rich set of data on the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.
We only have one shot every 10 years to get the census right. If we don’t, undercounted groups won’t get the appropriate level of funding for programs needed in their neighborhoods, and local leaders and officials won’t have the reliable information they need to make decisions.
How does this affect you as a Citizens for Citizens client?
CFC requires federal and state funding to operate the programs that our clients rely on, like Fuel Assistance, Head Start, or VITA. If our clients are not accurately counted, sufficient funds won't be allocated to our service area making it harder to serve everyone.
How do I take the Census?
For the first time, the Census can be taken online or by phone in multiple languages. If neither of those options are taken, a printed form will be mailed to your residence. If the Census Bureau receives no response from online, phone, or mail, a Census Enumerator will be sent to your residency for an in-person count.
What questions will I be asked?
Follow the button below to view a PDF of a Census Sample Questionnaire.
You will NEVER be asked for:
- Your Social Security Number
- Anything on behalf of a Political Party
- Bank/Credit Card Information