Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every living person in the United States once, only once, and in the right place.
Starting on March 12, households will be receiving invitations to answer the 2020 Census online at www.2020census.gov. Replying by mail or phone will also be an option.
Here’s what you need to know to be prepared.
The 2020 Census is Important
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how $675 billion in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs that provide critical services that Biddeford residents access each day.
The 2020 Census is Safe
Census Bureau employees are sworn to protect confidentiality for life.
The Census Bureau does not share information with any other agencies or organizations.
Private information, such as names, addresses, telephone numbers or Social Security numbers, is never published.
From the beginning of the process when a respondent answers online to the end when statistics are released, your data is encrypted, safe, and secure.
The 2020 Census is Easy
The Census asks you to report the number of people living in your household, as well as a few simple questions about each person: their name, age/date of birth, race and origin, sex, relationship to you, and tenure in household. You will also need to provide a phone number that will only be used if the Census Bureau needs to contact you about your responses.
In addition to English, the Census is offered in 12 languages, and language guides are also available for 59 languages.
You can see exactly what the Census will look like (and learn why each question is asked) here.
Remember, you count! Make sure to respond to the Census when you receive your invitation in mid-March.