Preparations for the 2020 Census Are Underway
“We All Count in Boardman!”
Counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place.
The momentum is strong as Boardman prepares residents for the 2020 Decennial Census. Conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the federal government’s largest statistical agency dedicated to providing current facts and figures about America’s people, places and economy, census data is the driver that shapes communities nationwide.
Why We Do It
The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count — or a census — of America’s population. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Federal law protects the confidentiality of all individual responses the Census Bureau collects.
The results of the census determine your congressional representation as well as federal funding for states and communities. Every year, more than $675 billion goes toward hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and more.
When You Can Take the 2020 Census
By April 1, 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You’ll then have three ways to respond, by phone, mail — and for the first time ever, you’ll be able to respond to the census online!
Everyone Must Complete the 2020 Census
If you live in the United States, you are required by law to participate in the 2020 count, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical, as the results of the 2020 Census will affect congressional representation, boundaries for school districts, and funding allocations for programs and services that we all enjoy — from our parks to the history center, libraries and resources. Census data helps businesses determine if they should stay and grow, relocate here or leave. An accurate population count impacts all of us.
Safety, Security and Confidentiality
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.
The Census Bureau will never call you for responses; online and by phone are by your own action.
If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau asks you for one of these things, it’s a scam, and you should not cooperate.
The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life. Data is encrypted and NEVER shared.
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. Learn more about how we protect your information.
Where Do I Count? Addressing Special Circumstances
For some people, it’s not always clear how they should count themselves or the people in their home. These circumstances can include:
- Group quarters, which are places where groups of people live (such as on-campus student housing, correctional facilities, military bases, health care facilities, and shelters).
- People who live in more than one place (snowbirds).
- People who are moving on Census Day.
- People who are born or die on Census Day.
- People experiencing homelessness.
Who Counts as Part of Your Residence?
If you are filling out the census for your household, you should count anyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time.
Citizens of foreign countries who are living in the United States, including members of the diplomatic community, should be counted at the U.S. residence where they live and sleep most of time.
Citizens of foreign countries who are visiting the United States on vacation or a business trip on April 1, 2020, should not be counted.
Counting Young Children
It is important to remember to count any children who are living with you. This includes:
- All children who live in your household, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and the children of friends.
- Children who split their time between households, if they are living with you on April 1, 2020.
- Newborn babies, even those who are still in the hospital on April 1, 2020.
The Decennial Census is no easy undertaking. That is why is important that each person in Boardman is counted. Do your part – when you receive your invitation to respond in the mail in the spring, take ten minutes to answer ten questions.
Your participation in the census will help to ensure federal funding flows right back here to Boardman and stays in our community.