Every 10 years, the Census Bureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. Census 2020 begins on April 1, 2020.
For the first time, in 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online. The process will be quick and secure. Plus, if needed, you’ll still be able to respond by mail.
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By April 1, 2020, you will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home. Starting in May 2020, the Census Bureau will begin following up in person with homes that have not responded to the census.
A few tips for Census 2020:
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 any friends or family members who are 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. Please also be sure to count roommates, young children, newborns, and anyone who is renting a space in your home. These people are often missed in the census. More on who to count.
It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:
Your Social Security number.
Your bank account or credit card numbers.
Money or donations.
In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.
We need census takers in our community! Census takers will interview household residents and update address lists. Applicants who are hired will attend paid training before beginning work.
Prior to the census, census takers used maps and address lists to determine if the addresses are correct. Next, they will visit households that haven’t responded to the census, speaking with residents and using electronic devices (such as smartphones and tablets, issued by the Census Bureau) to collect census data.
Learn more about Census jobs in the Frederick area at https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html.