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Be counted in the 2020 Census

Post Date:03/19/2020 2:48 PM

The 2020 Census is here!

The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. Results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. Ohio currently has 16 seats.

Among other things, census data is also used to inform the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs.

Completing the census is mandatory; consider it your civic duty. By mid-March, all households should receive an invitation to complete a simple questionnaire. In late spring and early summer, census takers will visit homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

The 2020 Census questionnaire asks for basic information like your name, your age, your sex, your race, your telephone number, type of household, and how many people live in your household. The U.S. Census Bureau will NEVER ask you for:

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

Additionally, there is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

You will have the option to respond to the 2020 Census one of three ways: Online, by phone or by mail. Neighbors in your community are counting on you to stand up and be counted! Rest assured, all personal information you provide will be kept safe.

It’s against the law for the U.S. Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics.

For complete information or with questions, visit or call 844-330-2020.

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