Our country is preparing for an important event that occurs once a decade — the US Census. Below is a breakdown of the purpose of the census, how it will impact us in Bloomington, and resources available online and in the community.
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Beginning March 12, each home will receive an invitation by mail to respond to a short questionnaire - online, by phone, or by mail. The form contains 9 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. If a household does not respond, a census taker may visit.
How this impacts our community
The data collected from the census will determine how federal dollars are distributed in our community, including emergency services, roads, healthcare, and our schools. It will influence funding for Title 1 grants, special education services, school meal programs, transportation, and more.
How you can make a difference
• Be sure your own household completes the census properly and on time. Everyone should be counted wherever they live or sleep most of the time on April 1, 2020, even if the living arrangement is temporary or the parents of the child do not live there. This includes babies and young children.
• Encourage family and friends to complete the census.
Addressing common questions
• If a child splits time equally between two homes, count them where they stayed or will stay on Census Day, April 1. The child should not be counted at both homes.
• The census does not ask about citizenship status.
• All census responses are confidential. Your personal information can not be shared with any other government agency, law enforcement or landlord.
• The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, donations, your bank/credit card information, or anything on behalf of a political party.
Your participation in the 2020 Census will impact our community and future generations!
Visit 2020census.gov to learn more.