What is the census?
A population count mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) every ten years.
Why is it important?
This count is crucial to the community. The census not only determines U.S. population, but also breakdown of the population; race, age, household size, etc. The data helps determine government funding, placement of health care facilities, fire departments, roads, schools and more. The count also impacts local businesses, they use the data to help determine what services are needed and where.
How do I participate?
There are three ways to participate; online, by phone and by mail. Households will begin receiving census literature by mid-March and on April 1, 2020 or Census Day each household will receive their official invitation to participate.
Things to know
You are required by law to participate in the census. You will be accounting for every person who lives in your household, this includes children and babies. There will be census workers canvasing the community on foot. The workers who come to your door are either; collecting survey responses, dropping off census materials or conducting quality checks. U.S. Census workers can be identified by ID badges. Valid ID badges have the worker’s photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo. If you still have questions about their identity, you can contact your Regional Census Center to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
For more information about Census 2020 visit the census website.
You may also contact your Regional Census Center if you have questions or concerns.
Philadelphia Regional Census Center
(P) (267) 780-2600