2020 Census

2020 Census
Posted on 08/07/2020
A message on behalf of the U.S. Census Bureau:

About the 2020 Census
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every ten years. The 2020 Census counts everyone who lives in the U.S. on April 1, 2020. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers every year for the next ten years. Every household in the U.S., regardless of age, ethnicity or citizenship, will be asked to complete a simple, 10-question form.

Your Information is Protected
The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.

This law protects your answers to the 2020 Census. Under Title 13, 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 answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous: The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home. 

Why the Census Matters
Your response to the 2020 Census will help yield an accurate count of all persons living in our community. An accurate count is important to the community, because it:

• helps determine what percentage of billions in federal funding is awarded to our state and community;

• is used in community planning efforts, such as locating new roads, hospitals, fire departments, and schools; and

• helps determine how many seats Wisconsin will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.

If a Census Taker visits your Home
Earlier this spring, census employees nationwide began going door-to-door to visit those homes that have not returned a completed form and those who receive their mail at a P.O. Box.

If a Census taker visits your home, please ask to see their ID. All Census workers carry an official government badge marked with their name and the logo shown above. They may also have a U.S. Census Bureau bag.

Please also be aware that a Census taker will never ask to enter your home. If you have a concern about a Census taker, please contact our local Census Office at 262-842-1600 for help in verifying that the person at your door is a valid Census worker. This field data collection will end by September 30, 2020.

Your Support
We appreciate the support of our hundreds of thousands of community-based, business, state, local and tribal partners contributing to these efforts across our Nation. The 2020 Census belongs to us all. If you know someone who has not yet responded, please encourage them to do so today online at 2020census.gov, over the phone, or by mail.

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