Census 101: Introduction to the 2020 Census

March 30, 2020

The 2020 Census is here and not filling it out could mean losing funding for our region…

Every 10 years the Census Bureau reports on the population of the United states and provides counts by state and the number of seats in the US House of Representatives apportioned to each state.

The Census plays an important role in shaping the next 10 years of the El Paso community. The Census data is used in many different ways including determining the distribution of about $657 billion annually in federal funds back to state and local governments. To make sure that the city, the county, and the region get all of the federal funding they need, everyone must be counted; this includes the elderly, babies, and children.

The 2020 Census

For the very first time in Census history, you will now be able to respond to the census online, by mail, or by phone. All responses to the Census and surveys are COMPLETELY confidential and protected under Title 13 of the US Code. This means the US Census Bureau will never share a respondent’s personal information with immigration enforcement governmental agencies like ICE, the FBI, or the police. This information will also never be shared or used to determine eligibility for government benefits.

In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Everyone living in the United States and its five territories is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census. Getting a complete and accurate census count is critically important. That's why your response is required by law. If you do not respond, the U.S. Census Bureau will follow up in person to collect your response.

Avoiding Fraud and Scams

The 2020 Census should quick, easy, and safe for all participants. Some might try to take advantage of this time and scam you and your loved ones but here are some tips and some situations that you need to look out for:

Avoiding Scams Online

Phishing is a criminal act in which someone tries to get your information by pretending to be an entity that you trust. Phishing emails often direct you to a website that looks real but is fake—and may be infected with malware. 

It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for: 

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Money or donations.

In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.

Responding to the Census

Let’s all fill out the 2020 Census this spring because it matters in so many more way than one. Your response matters. Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. School lunches. Plans for highways. Support for firefighters and families in need. Census results affect your community every day.

So, keep your calendars marked for April 1: Census Day and help us promote census participation by showing us how you completed the survey. You can respond to the survey online as early as today! Click on the link below for more information on how to get started. Together. Fearless. We Count.

https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond.html

 

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