Please be aware that in addition to your ANNUAL Town Census, the 2020 US Federal Census information has been distributed to all households in the United States. This is a legitimate survey; please take the time to respond.
You may receive multiple mailings from the Census Bureau in March and April this year, starting with an “invitation” letter to respond to the 2020 Federal Census. You may also receive additional follow-up postcards and letters if you do not respond to the initial “invitation”. These are legitimate form letters from the U.S. Census Bureau.
If you do not respond online or by phone, you may also receive a paper questionnaire.
Note: The Census Bureau will be conducting other surveys at the same time as the 2020 Census, so you may receive additional correspondence. If you have questions about another piece of mail you receive, visit https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/surveyhelp.html.
Finding Your Personalized “Census ID”
When responding online to the 2020 Census, you will be prompted to enter your unique Census ID. This ID number acts like a PIN and can be found on the Census Bureau invitation letter.
All Census IDs have 12 characters (letters and numbers).
The Census Will Never Ask Certain Questions
During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:
Your Social Security number.
Money or donations.
Anything on behalf of a political party.
Your bank or credit card account numbers.
Additionally, there is no “citizenship” question on the 2020 Census.
If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate.
What Happens to Your Answers?
Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes.
Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home.
Why It's Required
Getting a complete and accurate census count is critically important. That's why your response is required by law. If you do not respond, the U.S. Census Bureau will follow up in person to collect your response.
Why is the census so important? The results are used to determine how much funding local communities receive for key public services and how many seats each state gets in Congress. State and local officials also use census counts to draw boundaries for congressional, state legislative, and school districts.
And while you are required by law to participate, the Census Bureau is also required by law to protect your answers. Your responses are used only to produce statistics. The Census Bureau does not disclose any personal information.
Impact in Your Community
School lunches. Plans for highways. Support for firefighters and families in need. Census results affect your community every day.
Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems.
Or think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education.
The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults.
The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that the country count its population once every 10 years. The results are used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased.
State legislatures or independent bipartisan commissions are responsible for redrawing congressional districts. The U.S. Census Bureau provides states with population counts for this purpose
To see a complete list of how US Census Data is used to distribute Federal Funds, click here: