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Census 2020


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The U.S. Census Bureau counts every person living in the United States every 10 years. It counts everyone living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U. S. territories.

In response to concerns for public health, the Census Bureau has extended self-response two weeks, until October 31, 2020. US residents can answer the census safely from home, online at US addresses will continue to receive reminders by mail.

Did you know that the count is mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution? It is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, which will send each home a short questionnaire – and for the first time, you will be able to respond online, in addition to by phone or mail.

Individual responses to the census are confidential for 72 years and cannot be shared with anyone.

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The decennial (every ten years) census illustrates our country’s changing demographics and determines the distribution of power at every level of government, including things such as how many seats your state gets in Congress and how over $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states & communities. The Census also helps create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies and build schools, roads and hospitals.

Census 2020 is important to our entire community.

While many households in Marion County are practicing social distancing and are under self-quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, Count Me INdy is reminding residents it has never been easier to respond to the 2020 Census on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.

How to Safely Complete the U.S. Census

Respond online today by visiting, or by calling one of the phone numbers below.

Additionally, the U.S. Census Bureau offers guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print. Visit their Language Support page to learn more.

Census 2020 Matters

Census 2020 will be the 24th time the U.S. Census Bureau has counted every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Do you know why the 2020 Census matters? Do you know how participating can help your community? Use the resources below to learn about the history & uses of the Census or to find out how to participate in Census 2020. #indypladults IndyPL_MelissaW

The American Census

A Social History

Anderson, Margo J.

"This book is the first social history of the census from its origins to the present and has become the standard history of the population census in the United States...and is essential reading for all those who use census data, historical or current, in their studies or work."

Counting on the Census?

Race, Group Identity, and the Evasion of Politics

Skerry, Peter

"In part, this book is a brief against census adjustment. It begins by arguing that the inherent unreliability of racial and ethnic data requires a more realistic standard of accuracy than has typically been adopted by adjustment advocates. It also maintains that the implications of the undercount for both minorities and nonminorities--including the partisan interests of Democrats and Republicans--are grossly exaggerated and misunderstood. A novel intervention into a highly complex system, adjustment would produce all sorts of unpredictable results..." -- Introduction, p.1.

Your Guide to the Federal Census for Genealogists, Researchers, and Family Historians

Hinckley, Kathleen W.

"For anyone interested in tracing their family history, this book describes how to use the information found in census records for genealogical research."