2020 Census: We Count When We're Counted
The 2020 Census is coming soon. Here's some information to help with the questions you might have, provided by the County of Monterey:
What is the U.S. Census?
The U.S. Constitution requires a headcount every ten years of each person, including children and undocumented immigrants, in the United States. The information gathered from the census survey is incredibly important as it determines the number of U.S. Representatives each state has in the House of Representatives and how $675 billion should be distributed each year to states and local governments.
When will the census count take place?
The Census will begin recording responses in April 2020. For the first time, the Census Bureau will permit respondents to answer the survey online, by mail, or by phone.
Who should be counted?
Absolutely everyone! People of all ages, races, ethnicities, citizens and non-citizens should be included in the survey count.
Is Census data confidential?
Yes, Census responses are confidential and protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. The Census Bureau will never share personal information with immigration or law enforcement agencies. Employees of the Census Bureau also swear a lifetime oath to protect respondent data.
What are ways to get involved in the effort?
Yes! There are job and volunteer opportunities to ensure a successful census count. Students seeking to complete community service hours are also encouraged to join the complete count effort. You may also get involved by encouraging friends and family to complete the Census survey in April 2020.
Source: Monterey County 2020 Census webpage: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/2020-census