The census is required by the US constitution. Census data is used by the government in a variety of important decisions, including allocation of $675 billion in federal funds each year; determination of where roads, bridges, and schools will be built; and apportionment of federal, state, and local government representatives for communities. It impacts housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
You will receive a postcard in the mail with instructions. You can fill out the census online (on a computer, smart phone, tablet etc.) or by phone. If you do not complete the survey online or by phone in about 2 weeks, you will be sent a paper survey that you will need to return by mail.
12 Non-English languages including Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Japanese. Language glossaries and guides will be available in 59 Non-English languages.
Yes. Information given on the census form is confidential. By law, census information is not shared with any other government agency. Census workers take an oath to protect the privacy of respondents and face jail time and/or heavy fines if they violate that oath
The following populations have been traditionally undercounted (which is what JPNDC is trying to address in our community):
a. People of color and ethnic minorities
b. Persons who do not speak English fluently
c. Lower income people
d. Homeless persons
e. Undocumented immigrants
f. Young mobile persons
h. People who distrust the government
i. LGBTQ persons
If not everyone fills out the form, our community won’t get the resources it needs and deserves. For every person not counted, the state loses about $2,500 that could go towards school lunches or health insurance.