What is the census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the U.S. The count is required by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
In Delaware County, each home will receive a postcard invitation in the mail March 12-23 to respond to the census, which is a short questionnaire. Each postcard contains a personal identification number for the household and detailed information on how to respond—online, by phone, or by mail.
Households that do not respond to the census will receive a visit between May and July from a Census Bureau employee. Employees will have badges with photo IDs and black canvas bags and laptops with 2020 Census logos.
What is asked?
The census questionnaire is short and simple. For every person living in your household on April 1, 2020, the census asks for the name, sex, age and date of birth, Hispanic origin, race, and relationship to the head of the household.
The census does not ask for detailed personal information, such as your Social Security number or bank or credit card numbers. If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you and asks you for one of these things, it’s a scam, and you should not cooperate.
What happens to my answers?
The Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life. The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics; you are kept anonymous. Your answers cannot be shared with law enforcement or used to determine eligibility for government benefits.
Why are my answers important?
The results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. The population data also helps state officials redraw congressional and state legislative district boundaries.
Perhaps more importantly, the census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for our community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to health care facilities, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
For aging-related organizations like SourcePoint, the 2020 Census will provide the latest count of the baby boom generation, now estimated at 73 million. With baby boomers soon projected to outnumber children under 18 for the first time in U.S. history, there is an increasing need for caregiver and aging health services.
An accurate count of older Americans is important for lawmakers to determine how they will spend billions of dollars annually on critical aging programs and services for the next 10 years, including Meals on Wheels, Medicare, and more.
To better serve the Delaware County community, SourcePoint encourages every household to respond to the census.
For more information, go to 2020census.gov.