WHAT IS THE CENSUS?
The Census is a questionnaire that asks about the number of
people living in the United States. Knowing the number of people in a city,
county, or the whole state allows for the planning of day-to-day operations,
the future, and even emergencies.
The personal information that you provide on the Census form is protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. It sets the fines and prison penalties (up to a fine of $250,000 and 5 years in federal prison) for the illegal taking, sharing, or use of private information. In addition, "The 72-Year Rule" was set under Public Law 95-416. The rule states that after 72 years, the Census information can be released to the general public. Records from the 2020 Census will be released in the year 2092.
The questions on the 2020 Census will ask how many people live in the residence; if the home is rented, owned, or other; and a phone number to contact you only in the case of official Census Bureau business. To view the sample 2020 Census questionnaire, click HERE.
HOW IS IT DONE?
In 2020, the U.S. Census will be offered in three formats:
online, over the phone, or by mail. For
the first time, the primary format will be online. The Census will also be available to be
completed over the phone or by mail with the standard questionnaire. If you do
not complete your form in one of the three ways listed above, an enumerator (a
U.S. Census Bureau employee) will visit the residence up to six times to
attempt to help you complete your Census form.
They will have proper identification to ensure that you know they are
with the U.S. Census Bureau, and they will only ask questions pertaining to the
WHEN DOES IT HAPPEN?
April 1, 2020 is Census Day. While you can fill out your
Census form on this day, it is encouraged that you do so before. The first
mailers inviting people to complete their Census will be sent out in mid-March.
Enumerators will begin knocking on the doors of those who do not self-respond
in May 2020. Enumerators will make up to six attempts to help people complete
Completing your Census early will ensure that an enumerator
will not visit your residence.
WHY DOES THE CENSUS HAPPEN?
Where do these funds go?
Census data is used to distribute federal funding to states. Find out what
programs are affected.
How are the districts drawn?
From Congress, to school boards, and local representation, the Census helps
draw the districts.
Count today to plan for tomorrow.
Census data helps us plan for the following decade. This affects schools, public safety, and even
What else happens?For more information, visit https://2020census.gov/en.html or https://census.georgia.gov/
The Census Bureau works year-round to help produce data for planning our futures.