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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. The next census will take place in April, 2020.

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.

The Indianapolis Public Library provides free access to computers and the internet, where you will be able to fill out your Census form at any branch location or Central Library. Several branch locations will host partners from CountMeIndy and the United States Census to answer questions and assist people in filling our census forms during March & early April.

Please visit IndyPL and our partner resources below. Census 2020 is important to our entire community and our staff is here to help answer your questions.

Census 2020 Help Sessions:

College Avenue Branch
Monday, March 16
11:00am - 3:00pm

Franklin Road Branch
Tuesday, March 17
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Brightwood Branch
Wednesday, March 18
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Fountain Square Branch
Wednesday, March 18
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Eagle Branch
Thursday, March 19
11:00am - 3:00pm

Southport Branch
Saturday, March 21
10:00am - 2:00pm

East 38th Street Branch
Saturday, March 21
10:00am - 2:00pm

Glendale Branch
March 23
11:00am - 3:00pm

Decatur Branch
Wednesday, March 25
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Nora Branch
Thursday, March 26
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Spades Park Branch
Saturday, March 28
11:00am - 3:00pm

Beech Grove Branch
Monday, March 30
4:00pm - 8:00pm

East Washington Branch
Monday, March 30
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Haughville Branch
Tuesday, March 31
4:30pm - 8:00pm

Michigan Road Branch
Thursday, April 2
1:00pm - 5:00pm

West Indianapolis Branch
Saturday, April 4
10:00am - 2:00pm

Pike Branch
Monday, April 6
1:30pm - 5:30pm

Irvington Branch
Wednesday, April 8
11:00am - 3:00pm

Census 2020 Matters

Census 2020 will be in April, 2020. It 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. (Hint: you will be able to fill out the Census form online at your Library for the first time!) #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."