IT’S EASY, SAFE & IMPORTANT!
Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs that impact housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. This count is also used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ME?
Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:
- Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.
- Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.
- Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives.
Shape Your Future: The 2020 Census - https://youtu.be/LXJz7ZfzAuM
WHEN WILL I COMPLETE THE CENSUS?
The 2020 Census is here! On March 12, 2020, people will receive a notice in the mail to complete the 2020 Census. Once you receive it, you can self-respond online. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in-person with households that haven’t responded to the census.
- March 12-20: Invitation to respond online.
- April 1, 2020: National Census Day! Can respond at the Lemon Grove Library.
- April 20-27: Final reminder postcards mailed before a Census taker visits your home.
- Summer 2020: Census Wraps-Up
- December 31, 2020: Census Bureau delivers final state apportionment count to White House.
- March 31, 2021: Complete Redistricting Summary Files delivered to all states.
HOW CAN I RESPOND?
Starting March 12, through July 31, 2020, you can self-respond to the 2020 Census by visiting: www.2020census.gov.
In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but if you prefer, you can respond by phone, mail or in-person. Responding should take less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee.
You can respond online at the Lemon Grove Library Branch located at 3001 School Lane, Lemon Grove, CA 91945. (Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic this library site is temporarily closed) .
To self-respond by phone, please call: LANGUAGE LINE English Spanish Chinese (Mandarin) Chinese (Cantonese) Vietnamese Korean Russian Arabic Tagalog Polish French Haitian Creole Portuguese Japanese English (Puerto Rico residents) Spanish (Puerto Rico residents) Telephone Display Device (TDD) TOLL-FREE NUMBER 844-330-2020 844-468-2020 844-391-2020 844-398-2020 844-461-2020 844-392-2020 844-417-2020 844-416-2020 844-478-2020 844-479-2020 844-494-2020 844-477-2020 844-474-2020 844-460-2020 844-418-2020 844-426-2020 844-467-2020
To self-respond by phone, please call:
English (Puerto Rico residents)
Spanish (Puerto Rico residents)
Telephone Display Device (TDD)
WHAT INFORMATION WILL BE REQUESTED?
The decennial census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020.
WHAT INFORMATION WILL NOT BE REQUESTED?
The Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Social Security numbers
- Bank or credit card account numbers
- Money or donations
- Anything on behalf of a political party
WILL MY INFORMATION BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes! Federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (e.g. DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.
The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data. Click here to learn more about confidentiality.
WHERE CAN I GO TO LEARN MORE?
CA Census 2020: https://californiacensus.org/
Shape Lemon Grove’s Future!