Why Is The Census Important?
Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the futures and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:
- Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, City services, etc.
- Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods. The Census gives businesses an idea of who’s living where, so they know where to open new stores
- Determine how many seats Arizona is allocated in the House of Representatives. Arizona is expected to gain a seat in the House of Representatives which could directly impact Pinal County
Census data helps determine the allocation of federal funding for 55 federal programs. For every person counted, the State of Arizona will receive $2,959 from the Federal Government. That adds up to more than $20 billion annually for Arizona and will increase the State Shared Revenue for the City of Casa Grande.
Your Information Is Protected
Your answers on the census are only reported in statistical data to help determine for 55 federal programs. The funding will help maintain roads, libraries, schools, public parks, and arts and cultural programs. The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to keeping your answers safe. Staff members face up to five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine for violating their oath to maintain your privacy. Learn more about your privacy protections here.
How To Participate In The Census
This is the first year the Census is available online. The Census Bureau will mail a code to each household in March 2020 directing the head of household to complete the questionnaire online. The questionnaire consists of 10 questions about each household including names, age, race and more. Click here to see a sample census.
Yes. The U.S. Census online survey site is safe and secure.
Yes. Infants and babies should be counted as well.
Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The next census will take place in 2020. Beginning in midMarch, people will receive a notice in the mail to complete the 2020 Census. Once you receive it, you can respond online. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that haven’t responded to the census.
In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer. Responding should take less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee.
The decennial census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020. Click here to look at a sample census questionnaire.
- Social Security numbers
- Bank or credit card account numbers
- Money or donations
- Anything on behalf of a political party
Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.
The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
Yes. By law, every person living in the U.S. and its territories is required to respond to the census.
Only one person per household needs to fill out the census. One person completes the questionnaire for everyone living in the home.
There are three ways to respond to the census: online or by phone or by mail. Households will receive an invitation in the mail with instructions for completing the questionnaire.
The response deadline is June 30, 2020. However, census workers will begin following up in person with households that have not responded by April 30, 2020.
Census workers will follow up with a home visit to households that do not respond.
The U.S. Census Bureau encourages each household to complete their questionnaire in its entirety. To ensure your questionnaire counts toward the population of your community, the response to the question regarding the number of people in the home, must be completed.
Your answers are only used for statistical purposes. This information helps the government make informed housing and planning decisions, and fund important programs in areas of education, transportation, healthcare and so much more.
Yes, the census offers the online and paper questionnaire in 12 non-English languages: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.
Additional materials and assistance are available in 59 languages. Visit 2020census.gov for more information.
If multiple families live under one roof, each head of household per family needs to fill out the census for their household.
Your children should be counted in the household where they live and sleep most of the time. If they split their time equally between homes, count them where they are staying on April 1, 2020. Be sure to communicate this information with their other parent or caretaker so they aren’t counted twice or not counted at all.
Yes, if your grandchildren live with you most of the time.
Only count yourself as one person.
Yes, if your relative lives in your household most of the time.
Temporarily deployed military and citizen employees should count their usual home address in the United States. Stationed or assigned employees, and all dependents living with them, should list their home state of record.
If you live and sleep in a dorm or apartment during most of the year, then count yourself as living there. Your parents should not count you as living in their household.
For more information on unique circumstances and/or how to complete the questionnaire, visit 2020census.gov.
No, the 2020 Census does not include any questions about citizenship.