FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you have any sample text for me as an employer, apartment manager, or committed community member to share with folks in my network? 

 

 YES, here's something to start with: I want to share with you how to complete the 2020 Census online at their website: www.my2020census.gov Follow the instructions below showing how to start the survey using your residential address. By doing so, you are helping our county get a complete count, which will support the attraction of additional retail and services, more representation in state government, the level of federal and state government services and funding due to us for our actual and current population, and so much more. Further, by doing it as soon as possible you will be saving the expense and hassle of having follow-up surveys sent to you and/or even the door-to-door enumerators. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESIDENCE CRITERIA: where are people counted for the 2020 Census?

People are to be counted where they live and sleep most of the time, if that cannot be determined, they should be counted where they are on Census Day.

  • People who live or stay at two or more residences (during the week, month, or year), such as people who travel seasonally between residences (for example, snowbirds)—Counted at the resi­dence where they live and sleep most of the time. If they cannot determine a place where they live most of the time, they are counted where they are staying on Census Day.

  • People living away most of the time while working, such as people who live at a residence close to where they work and return regularly to another resi­dence—Counted at the residence where they live and sleep most of the time. If they cannot determine a place where they live most of the time, they are counted where they are staying on Census Day. 

  • People away from their usual resi­dence on Census Day, such as on a vacation or a business trip, visit­ing, traveling outside the United States, or working elsewhere without a usual residence there (for example, as a truck driver or traveling salesperson)—Counted at the residence where they live and sleep most of the time.

  • Visitors on Census Day—Counted at the residence where they live and sleep most of the time. If they do not have a usual residence to return to, they are counted where they are staying on Census Day.

  • Citizens of foreign countries living in the United States—Counted at the U.S. residence where they live and sleep most of the time.

  • Children in shared custody or other arrangements who live at more than one residence— Counted at the residence where they live and sleep most of the time. If they cannot determine a place where they live most of the time, they are counted where they are staying on Census Day.

  • People at transitory locations such as recreational vehicle (RV) parks, campgrounds, hotels and motels, hostels, marinas, race­tracks, circuses, or carnivals— Anyone, including staff members, staying at the transitory location is counted at the residence where they live and sleep most of the time. If they do not have a usual home elsewhere, or they cannot determine a place where they live most of the time, they are counted at the transitory location.

  • Find further information on Residence Situations here

WHAT IS THE DECENNIAL CENSUS? 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.

 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ME? 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 future, and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:

  • Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.

  • Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.

  • Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives.

 

WHEN WILL I COMPLETE THE CENSUS? The next census will take place in 2020. Beginning in mid-March, 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.

 

HOW CAN I RESPOND? 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.

 

WHAT INFORMATION WILL BE REQUESTED? 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.

 

WHAT INFORMATION WILL NOT BE REQUESTED? The Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Social Security numbers.

  • Bank or credit card account numbers.

  • Money or donations.

  • Anything on behalf of a political party.

 

WILL MY INFORMATION BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL? 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.

 

WHERE CAN I GO TO LEARN MORE? You can learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting www.2020census.gov

MCKENZIE COUNTY COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE