Census 2020 – Shape Your Future

Census 2020 is an opportunity for us, the members of St. Rita Parish, to shape our future.


What is Census 2020? Be Counted

The Census is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution and is carried out every 1- years by the U. S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Census 2020 counts the population of the entire country. Website – https://2020census.gov.


When will Census 2020 take place?

In mid-March every household will receive by mail an invitation to participate in the Census. Be Counted. Take part in Census 2020.


How do I have to respond?

You can respond on-line, by telephone or by mail. You can respond in English, in Spanish and in several other languages.


What are the benefits of responding?

Census 2020 is much more than a population count. It is an opportunity to help shape the future of our community.

  • Based on Census data, every year billions of federal dollars are granted to schools, hospitals, clinics, public transportation, roads and other resources.
  • The Census determines our representation in national, state and local government.
  • Census data affect economic development and job creation.
  • The Census Bureau is prohibited by law from sharing any information that personally identifies you, your home or your business, not even with other federal government agencies. Your personal information is protected. Your responses can not be used against you in any court or government agency. Your answers are used only to generate statistics.

Why should I participate in Census 2020?

  • Census data are used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities in areas such as transportation, schools, health care and affordable housing, to name a few.
  • An accurate census helps ensure fair representation at all levels of government.
  • Census data affect economic development and job creation.
  • It’s easy. You can respond on-line, by telephone or by mail. You can respond in English, in Spanish and in several other languages.
  • If you respond by March 31, no census taker will knock on your door.

Your answers are confidential, secure and safe.

The law is clear: In accord with Title 13 of the U. S. Code, the Census Bureau may not divulge any information identifying individuals, homes or business, not even to law enforcement agencies.

The law requires that Census information may be used only to produce statistics. Census information may not be used for any other purpose.

Every employee of the Census Bureau must take a life-long oath to protect your personal information. Any violation can result in a fine up to $250,000 and/or five years in prison.

In 2010, the U. S. Justice Department ruled that the Patriot Act does not take precedence over the law which protects the confidentiality of individual census responses. No court or government agency can have access to census responses.

By law, your responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.


What are the disadvantages of responding?

None.


[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

Website – https://2020census.gov

Shape Your Future. Participate in Census 2020.