The 2020 Census is just around the corner ...
and we need your help to make it a success!
The Census counts every person living in the United States.
Look for your Invitation in the Mail.
By April 1, 2020, most homeowners will receive an invitation in the US Mail to participate in the 2020 Census. A small number of homeowners will receive a paper questionnaire. Once the invitation arrives, please respond Online, by Phone, or by Mail. The invitation will include a unique code that must be entered when replying or you can enter your home address.
In May, Census workers will begin following up in person with each home that has not responded to the census invitation and may provide a resident with a paper questionnaire.
Your response matters.
Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year - money for schools, roads, police and fire departments, hospitals and health clinics, and other important services provided by government and non-profits.
Census results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
Corporations use census data to determine where to locate businesses such as restaurants, retail stores, and manufacturing plants.
Sarasota uses census data to plan for our future and where to allocate funding for resources and facilities.
Questions to be Asked.
The following link has a list of the questions that will be asked https://2020census.gov/en/about-questions.html.
The Census Bureau will not ask for:
- Your Social Security number.
- Money or donations.
- Anything on behalf of a political party.
- Your bank or credit card account numbers.
If asked for this information, do not provide it.
Support for Many Languages
The Census Bureau has translations for 59 languages other than English.
Who Counts as Part of Your Home?
If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time. If someone is staying in your home on April 1, and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 Census. If you are a student, count yourself at your dorm’s location.
Your Information is Kept Private.
Under Title 13 of the United States Code, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
The Census Bureau is hiring thousands of workers to assist with the Census. Job information is available at the Census 2020 website.