2020 U.S. Census Portal --- Maynard Public Library
What is the Census?
The Census is a count of every person living in the United States, required by the Constitution, and done every 10 years.
The Census Bureau collects information from every household and combines the data into statistics that are used to make key policy and budget decisions. The next Census starts in March, 2020.
What does the Census ask?
For each household, it asks:
How many people live here as of April 1, 2020?
Do you rent or own your home?
What's your phone number? (used in case follow-up is needed)
For each resident, it asks for:
Name and relationship
Age and sex
Race and ethnicity
That's it: quick and easy!
You will NOT be asked about your nationality or immigration status!!!
How do I participate in the Census?
Every household will get a letter from the Census Bureau in March, 2020, followed by a reminder postcard.
You will have 3 ways to respond: online, by phone, or by filling out a paper form.
Online and by phone, you can answer in English and 12 other languages. The paper form is available in English and Spanish.
You're asked to respond by mid-May at the latest; if you don't, a Census Bureau worker will be sent to get your response in person.
Who is counted in the Census?
EVERYONE in the household! It doesn't matter if you're a U.S. citizen or an immigrant, a child or an adult, the listed tennant or a friend or family member living with them, "officially" or not. If someone lives in two places (say, a child whose parents share custody, or a "snowbird" who winters in Florida), pick the home where they live most of the time.
The Census is safe and confidential!
The U.S. Census Bureau takes many steps to protect everyone's data, and federal law strictly limits how the information can be used. Your responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. They can only be combined with others to create statistical analyses. Individual household data can't be shared with anyone for 72 years.
There are big penalties for anyone who breaks this law: up to 5 years in prison and $250,000 fine per violation.
The Census Bureau plans to hire approximately 500,000 temporary workers across the country to help carry out the 2020 Census count, including census takers, office staff, recruiting assistants, and supervisory staff. Libraries can help connect community members to these positions which include census taker, recruiting assistant, office clerk, and supervisory staff. To be eligible, one must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen.
Visit 2020census.gov/jobs to apply and learn more.