The United States Census happens once every 10 years, and 2020 is that year! Here's everything you need to know about completing the Census (which is different than the Annual Street Listing, which you've already received).
You respond to the 2020 Census:
March 12 - 20: Households begin to receive their 2020 Census Invitations
April 1: National Census Day
May - July: Census Workers will begin to visit households who have not yet responded (see more information below about this)
December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
Responding to the 2020 Census is incredibly important for our community. Results help to inform how federal funding is spent, which can help us with our public safety, with schools, with infrastructure and more. "Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems. Or think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education. The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults." (2020 Census)
WHAT DO THEY ASK?
1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020?
2. Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2020, that you did not include in Question 1?
3. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home (mark ONE box) ...Owned by you or someone in this household with a mortgage or loan? Include home equity loans. Is it owned by you or someone in this household free and clear (without a mortgage or loan)? Rented? Occupied without payment of rent?
4. What is your telephone number?
5. What is Person 1's name?
6. What is Person 1's sex?
7. What is Person 1's age and what is Person 1's date of birth?
8. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
9. What is Person 1's race?
10. Print name of Person 2.
11. Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else?
12. How is this person related to Person 1?
While only one person per household needs to respond to the 2020 Census, if more than one person does respond they will be able to search for duplicates. Make sure to count EVERYONE in the household! This includes small children. If you have questions on who should be counted on your 2020 Census form, visit the 2020 Census website.
IS IT SAFE?
Yes! When you respond to the 2020 Census, your answers are kept completely confidential and are only used to produce statistics. Every census worker took an oath to protect your personal information, and is bound by law to keep this information confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. The Census is not even allowed to share this information with other federal departments. Learn more about how your data is protected.
CENSUS WORKERS MAY VISIT YOUR HOME
If you have not responded to the 2020 Census by May, you might receive a personal visit from a Census Worker. There are multiple ways you can verify their identity.
- First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
- If you still have questions about their identity, you can call (800) 923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.
AVOID SCAMS AND FRAUD
Phishing is a criminal act in which someone tries to get your information by pretending to be an entity that you trust. Phishing emails often direct you to a website that looks real but is fake—and may be infected with malware.
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. Learn more on the 2020 Census website.
If you are unsure or feel unsafe, you can always call the Amesbury Police Department for assistance: (978) 388-1217