2020 U.S. Census seeks census takers

While the official Census Day is a year away, the 2020 Census has kicked off. An accurate count is essential to driving the future of Richardson.
 
The once-a-decade population count affects local representation in government, determines how much funding a community receives and provides data to help businesses plan.
 
Current initiatives include recruiting a local base of census takers.
  • Everyone counts. The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place.
  • It’s about fair representation. Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
  • It’s in the constitution. The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.
  • It’s about $675 billion. The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
  • Taking part is your civic duty. Completing the census is mandatory: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”
  • Your privacy is protected. It’s against the law for the 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. 
There will be four ways you can respond: secure internet, phone, in-person interview or mail. Watch your mail in early 2020 and respond. 

If you know someone in the community who would like to be a census taker, click here.

For detailed information, see census.gov.