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The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape your future.
Census Day is April 1 every 10 years. The next Census Day is April 1, 2020. In mid-March, community members will receive a letter with a website and password asking them to respond to the census online.
For the first time in history, the census will be available online. In mid-March, community members will receive a letter with a website and password to go online to complete the census. Community members also have the option to participate by phone or request a paper copy.
Having a complete count will help you, your family, and your neighbors receive more resources and have a stronger voice in the future of our community.
The online and phone response options will be in English and 12 other languages. They are English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Japanese.
The U.S. Census Bureau will also have print and video language guides in 59 languages including American Sign Language, braille, and large print guides.
In general, you should count yourself where you live and sleep most of the time. However, pay special attention if you are:
The U.S. Census is required by the U.S. Constitution. If a household has not responded by the end of April, a census taker will visit the home to collect responses. These in-person visits will begin in May.
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way - not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.
Governments, businesses, communities, and nonprofits all rely on the data that these questions produce to make critical decisions. Below is a list of the questions and reasons why are being asked. Please note: Community members will not be asked about your citizenship status.
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The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting for a variety of temporary jobs. To learn more go to www.2020census.gov/en/jobs.html.
The City of Milton established a Complete Count Committee (CCC), and community members are working together to raise awareness about the 2020 Census. If you're interested in helping, please contact Administrative Services Director Inga Cushman at City Hall at (608) 868-6900 ext. 5 or by email at email@example.com.