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Residents Encouraged to Respond to 2020 Census Online

Residents Encouraged to Respond to 2020 Census Online

March 19, 2020

Residents Encouraged to Respond to 2020 Census Online

Earlier this month, the 2020 Census kicked off and invitations continue to arrive in mailboxes across the nation. These official Census Bureau mailings include detailed information and a Census ID for residents to complete the Census online. Residents can respond to the Census at 2020Census.gov.

The public is strongly encouraged to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and can also respond by phone or mail without leaving their house. These options make it easier than ever to respond to the Census while supporting social distancing efforts that help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Local officials encourage all residents to complete the Census, which determines federal funding for schools, roads, and other public services. Census data is also used to determine the number of seats each state will have in Congress. All residents, regardless of age, race, citizenship, or background, should be counted to help ensure Iowa receives the funding and representation it needs to meet the needs of all its residents.

The 2020 Census questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and your information is safe, secure, and protected by federal law.

The Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers
  • Your citizenship status
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Money or donations

The census, conducted once every 10 years, is the constitutionally-required count of every person living in the United States as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day), regardless of age, race, or social class. This March, every household in America will receive a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau with information on how to respond. Residents can respond to the census by phone, mail, or online. Responses are safe, secure, and protected by federal law.

Participation Matters: The census determines how many representatives Iowa gets in Congress and how much federal funding Iowa receives for housing assistance, road improvements, hospitals, and much more. In Fiscal Year 2016, Iowa received approximately $8.7 billion through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. Communities that are undercounted are disadvantaged both economically and politically.

The Linn County Complete Count Committee is comprised of representatives from the following organizations: City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, City of Marion, Cedar Rapids Public Library, Catherine McAuley Center, and United Way of East Central Iowa.

For information on how you can help encourage Linn County residents to participate in the census, please email the committee at LinnCountyCounts@linncounty.org.


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