Census 2020 - Everyone Counts
The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of our community.
About the 2020 Census
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years.
Census Day is April 1
By this date, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. There are three options for responding:
- By mail
- By phone
The Census count will continue through the end of July. Those who do not respond will receive reminders in the mail until the beginning of May, when Census Bureau staff will begin going door to door to contact those who do not respond. Results must be delivered to the president by Dec. 31, 2020.
Why is the Census important?
Census results drive decisions that will affect economic investments in our state and our representation in Congress until 2031. Census results determine congressional representation and the number of our Electoral College votes and are used to draw boundaries for state and local election districts. In the last census, Oregon was just shy of gaining one seat in Congress.
The federal government also uses census numbers to guide more than $1.5 trillion annually from 316 federal spending programs for education and health programs, highways, roads and bridges, water and sewage systems, and other projects vital to our health and well-being. Nonprofits and businesses use the data to help determine where to build health care facilities, child care and senior centers, grocery stores and new factories.
Is it safe?
By federal law, the information you provide is confidential. The U.S. Census Bureau uses the highest level of data security to safeguard the information it receives. In fact, census forms can be used ONLY to produce statistical information about the population, and penalties for violations are severe.
#WeCountOregon is a community-led effort working to ensure that every Oregonian – especially those considered hard-to-count – complete the 2020 Census. Hard-to-count communities include people of color, children under five, renters, immigrants, people with limited English proficiency, multiple-family homes, Native tribal and urban communities, disabled people, and LGBTQ individuals. It’s critical that ALL Oregonians are counted, remain visible, and participate in our democracy.