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WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPLETING THE 2020 CENSUS?

The 2020 Census is important because responses are used to assist with determining how more than $675 billion in federal funds annually are spent across our country.

How is the 2020 Census going to be conducted?
For the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau plans to heavily rely on technology. Most individuals will be asked to respond to the census online, by phone or mail. Census personnel (enumerators) will visit households that do not respond.

Why is it critical to get the 2020 Census right?
· Getting an accurate count in the 2020 Census is critical to all communities.

· Millions of people including community groups, local official and business entrepreneurs rely on the Census to provide accurate data that impact all of us.

· Census data is the basis for fair political representation and is used to draw district lines reflective of the population. The census also plays a vital role in our nation’s system of government by determining how many representatives will be sent to Congress from each state.

· Community leaders use Census data to allocate resources including public safety planning and disaster response, education needs, hospitals, assistance for veterans and transportation.

· Business leader use Census data to make investment decision that improve our local economy.

Why is there a Census?
By law, the U.S. government is required to count the number of people living in the United States every 10 years.

Who receives the 2020 Census questionnaire?
Most housing units in the U.S. that receive mail at their physical location will receive a letter by mail with instructions on how to complete the census questionnaire.

Who completes the 2020 Census?
Generally, the person knowing the most information on the members of the household should fill out the census questionnaire. This person is known as Person 1 and is typically the owner/co/owner or renter/co-renter of the housing unit.

Why does the census ask for names?
The census questionnaire asks for individual’s names to ensure that each household member is counted only once.

Why does the census ask about Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
Since 1970, the census questionnaire has asked U.S. residents whether they are of Hispanic origin. Responses to this question are used for many purposes, as well as for defining federal dollars for medical services under the Public health Service Act and monitoring equal employment opportunities.

More 2020 Census information can be obtained at : https://www.prb.org/why-are-they-asking-that-what-everyone-needs-to-know-about-2020-census-questions/ Or www.Census.gov/library/publications/2018/dec/planned-questions-2020-acs.html. Or https://2020census.gov/en/community-impact.html or https://www.yourvoteyourvoicemn.org/future/horizon/census-2020/why-census-important