Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are 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.
More information can be found at: https://www.2020census.gov
Frequently Asked Questions:
- The data ensures our community receives its fair share of state shared revenues;
- The data informs potential investments in Oak Creek. This information is used by small businesses, developers, real estate brokers, and others;
- The data assists in planning services for the community (e.g., roads, schools, emergency services, etc.);
- The data determines the City's eligibility for funding opportunities and obligations for federal and state statutory requirements; and
- The data determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and affects statewide districting.
Everyone! Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Census counts all people who reside in the United States, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
This includes everyone living in the 50 states, 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)!
The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
- By phone.
- By mail.
In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.
The Census survey will ask your name, sex, age, date of birth, race/ethnicity, as well as those details for everyone in your household.
The Census Bureau has released a sample Census questionnaire with the questions that will be included in the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census Sample Questionnaire is available on the Census Bureau's website at the following link: 2020 Census Questionnaire.
The Census only takes about 5 - 10 minutes to complete!
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.
If you are visited by someone from the United States Census Bureau, here are some RECOGNITION TIPS to assure the validity of the field representative:
- Must present an ID Badge which contains: photograph of field representative, Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date.
- Will provide you with supervisor contact information and/or the regional office phone number for verification, if asked.
- Will provide you with a letter from the Director of the Census Bureau on U.S. Census Bureau letterhead.
- May be carrying a laptop and/or bag with a Census Bureau logo.
The Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information they collect and keep it strictly confidential. The Census Bureau can only use your answers to produce statistics. In fact, every Census Bureau employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life. Your answers cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine your personal eligibility for government benefits.
When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics.
- Every household is asked to respond to the census survey. Please complete your survey as soon as you can; the more households that respond, the more accurate the population count should be.
- Help spread the word! Community leaders are needed to help spread the word that the 2020 Census is happening and to share information on how it works.
- Interested in working for the Census? There are temporary, part-time, and full-time job opportunities with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census. For more information visit the 2020 Census Website.