Make Sure to Mark Your Calendars for National Census Day
Why Do We Have a Census?
Your participation in the 2020 census matters. It is critical to ensuring our community is properly represented and supported.
Once every ten years, everyone in the United States participates in a 10-question survey conducted by the Census Bureau that collects basic demographic questions like age, race, sex, and occupation. The information collected from the census helps determine; the appropriate number of congressional representation, disbursement of federal funding to a community, as well as, social and economic planning.
Does the Census Bureau have Authority to Collect my Information?
Yes, the census is conducted under the authority of Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141 and 193. The collection of information has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
With growing concerns over the safety and security of personally identifiable information (PII) being shared, the Census Bureau has taken serious steps to ensure the privacy of respondents:
- By law, your personal information is protected cannot be shared outside of the Census Bureau.
- The survey information you submit to the Census Bureau can only be used to produce statistical information. Your PII cannot be seen or used by other government agencies or the courts. The law imposes steep penalties and jail time for anyone who shares personally identifiable information.
- To ensure confidentiality online, the Census Bureau has secured those responses by multiple layers of encryption and isolated from online access as soon as you hit submit.
To learn more about the confidentiality of your census information, click here.
How Does the Census Bureau Conduct the Survey?
The census survey will be conducted in a few different ways to make it easier for you to participate:
- Online - The survey will be sent to you with a link to a specific web portal and a secure login will be provided for you to answer the questions.
- Phone or mail - The Census Bureau may send you a survey in the mail. The envelope will contain certain information that may help you verify its legitimacy. From there, you can fill out the survey and submit it back. Or call the Census Bureau directly and talk to a representative.
- In-person - The Census Bureau has field staff that will come to visit survey participants at their home or secure building. If you happen to request this option or a representative does come to your home, you can verify they are from the Census Bureau with these quick facts.
Want to know what questions will be asked on the Census?
Want more information?
You can learn more about the census by visiting www.2020census.gov.
Check out Michigan's "Count Me In" website to learn what the state is doing.