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2020 Census
March 31, 2020

On April 1, 2020, it is important that people and their families are counted.

Every 10 years, the census counts everyone in the United States. The gathered census data affects many key things. So, it’s vital that everyone be counted. The Census 2020 data determines how much funds are available to state and local governments. The money is used for education programs, Medicaid, and housing vouchers. Funding shortages or cuts often affect people with disabilities. This data also determines how many representatives each state has in the House of Representatives.

The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).It's quick and easy. The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete. It's safe, secure, and confidential. The census protects your information and privacy.

Every ten years since 1790

The census is a requirement authorized by the Constitution. Since 1790, it calls for an "actual enumeration" once a decade. The 2020 population numbers determine distribution of political power and federal tax dollars.  The census numbers also determine the number of Electoral College votes and congressional seats allotted for the next 10 years.  Further, the census allocates federal spending, an estimated $880 billion a year.  These funds go to schools, roads and other public services in local communities. The demographic data provides useful information.  Businesses determine growth plans and emergency responders locate people after a natural disaster.

The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.The census available online for the first time!

This census is the first one to allow all U.S. households to respond online. Paper forms are available, and 1-800 numbers allow responses over the phone. Especially in remote areas, census workers gather information in person. Trained census workers for census interviews and collection of responses with smartphones visit households not responding by early April.

Remember, your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.

Counting Everyone

Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.

Spread the Word

2020 Census is important, and it is the law, so be counted! The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It is an opportunity to shape your community's future. Through your social media channels, your voice can make a difference.

T's Learning Center and all child care and day care providers benefit from the census. Census results have an impact on planning and funding of these valuable services as well as for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs, and so much more.

Be Counted Because Everyone Counts!

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