What is the Census? Every 10 years, the U.S. government counts everyone, regardless of age or citizenship status. This year, the Census is available online, by phone, or by mail.
It’s About Your MONEY: North Carolina receives about $23.8 billion a year in federal funding from Census data for vital things like education, health care, and transportation. The number of people counted in your community decides how much government money comes back to where you live.
It’s About Your POWER: The number of people counted in your community affects how voting districts are drawn, who you get to vote for, and how many people represent you. More people counted means more political power at all levels.
It’s About Your FUTURE: Government and business leaders use the Census to make plans for your community – including whether you’ll get new grocery stores, hospitals, schools, and more.
Call our hotline — 507-COUNTED (507-268-6833) — to learn more.
“ ...an accurate count of the U.S. population forms the basis for many important but often overlooked political, economic, and social decisions that are made that end up affecting our daily lives.” –C.N. Le, Professor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Answer simple questions about yourself and everyone living with you as of April 1, 2020:
If more people live in your home, you’ll keep going, printing the name of “Person 2” and so on; also answer “Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else?;” and “How is this person related to Person 1?” Don’t worry — your privacy is protected.
Census responses are confidential.
Citizenship status is not asked, and no court, welfare or immigration agency – not even ICE – can see how you answered. Census workers face jail time for revealing anything on your form.
Starting in March 2020, homes began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. You can respond online at https://my2020census.gov/, by phone at (844-330-2020), or by mail (no postage needed).