Mar 16, 2020, through July 31, 2020
Go to the Census 2020 web site: https://my2020census.gov/
The US Census 2020 is now open. Every address in the US will receive a letter from Census 2020 inviting you to fill out the census form online. If you cannot complete it online, you may call 1-800-330-2020 for assistance or request a paper form. Every person living under your roof needs to be completed on one form no matter whether they are related to you or not. Please encourage your family, friends and neighbors to complete the census form by April 1, the official Census Day. The Census is important for many funding and planning reasons and that includes the funding Gaithersburg HELP gets to buy the food that we provide to families in need. Please see https://my2020census.gov/ for detailed information.
It’s Important. It’s Easy. It’s Safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the 2020 Census?
The goal of the census is to count every person living in the United States, once, only once and in the right place. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that this population and housing count occur every 10 years. Census data guide how more than $675 billion of federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.
- Am I required to respond to the 2020 Census?
Yes, you are required by law to respond to the 2020 Census (Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141 and 193). We are conducting the 2020 Census under the authority of Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141, 193 and 221. This collection of information has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The eight-digit OMB approval number is 0607-1006. If this number were not displayed, we could not conduct the census.
- Are my answers confidential and private?
Yes. The Census Bureau is required by law to protect your information. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. All web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect your privacy.
Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information. Violating the confidentiality of a respondent is a federal crime with serious penalties, including a federal prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. Only authorized individuals have access to the stored data, and the information you provide to the Census Bureau may only be used by a restricted number of authorized individuals who are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of your individual responses. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
- Who should complete the 2020 Census questionnaire?
This 2020 Census questionnaire should be completed by the person who owns or rents the living quarters or any other person who is at least 15 years of age with knowledge of the household.
- How do I change my answers?
For questions where you must choose a single response from a list, clicking another response will change your answer to that response.
If it is a “select all that apply” question, you may click on a selected check box to unselect the box and remove it as one of your answers.
- How long will the 2020 Census questionnaire take?
The Census Bureau estimates that completing the questionnaire will take 10 minutes on average.
- How will the Census Bureau use the information I provide?
By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics.
- Is it safe to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire online?
Yes. For each online questionnaire, we are required to provide an explanation to respondents about the confidentiality of the data and the laws that protect those data (e.g., Title 13, U.S. Code Section 9 (a)).
- Will the results be published?
Yes. By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. The Census Bureau plans to make results of this study available to the general public. Results will be presented in aggregate form and no personally identifiable information will be published.
Information quality is an integral part of the pre-dissemination review of the information disseminated by the Census Bureau (fully described in the Census Bureau’s Information Quality Guidelines at https://www.census.gov/about/policies/quality/guidelines.html). Information quality is also integral to the information collection conducted by the Census Bureau and is incorporated into the clearance process by the Paperwork Reduction Act.
- Do I have to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire for my household members?
Yes, you will be asked to provide information for each household member.