Faith Hub for 2020 Census Resources
Countdown to 2020 Census Day on April 1st!
As people of faith, we believe in the divinely given dignity of every person. When we answer the census, we declare that we are part of “we the people” and refuse to be excluded from the critical funding and political representation we all deserve.
The first round of 2020 Census invitations will begin arriving in the mail from March 12-20! See what the 2020 Census mailings look like here.
What is the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census is a count of all persons living in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). It is conducted every ten years and required by the US Constitution.
Why is the 2020 Census important?
The census is used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives and how federal and state legislative districts are redrawn.
The results will 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.
In Colorado, census counts are used in distributing over $13.1 billion in federal funds per year in Colorado, this translates to an estimated $2,300 per person per year!
How is the 2020 Census conducted?
Census Day is April 1, 2020! Data collection will begin in March, 2020 and continue through July 2020.
Households will receive a postcard with instructions for completing the census beginning in March 2020. Non-response followup will go from May through July.
The Census Bureau is collecting census forms in four ways:
Are census responses confidential?
All data is protected under Title 13 of the US Code. Records are confidential for 72 years by law.
All Census Bureau employees swear a lifetime oath to protect respondent information.
The US Census Bureau will never share a respondent’s personal information with other government agencies.
Data is only released in summary tables, no individual records are released.
What questions will be asked?
The 2020 Census has ten questions.
To help you answer the census, the U.S. Census Bureau provides translated web pages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in braille and large print.
Do people have to answer all census questions?
While the law requires persons to answer all census questions accurately, an incomplete census form will still be included in the head count.