The 2020 Census is easy. You will answer a simple questionnaire about yourself and everyone who is living with you on April 1, 2020. The U.S. Census Bureau has provided a sample questionnaire so you will know what to expect on the form.
Starting March 12, the US Census Bureau will send invites to McLennan County residents with instructions for filling out the census online, over the phone or through mail.
Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here's a look at some of the key dates along the way:
Here are some of the efforts completed in 2019:
April 1 is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 census. When completing the census, you will include everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020. Census Day will be celebrated with events across the country.
A number of locations with WiFi and devices will be made available starting March 12 for filling out the 2020 census. Check back regularly for a list of locations across Waco and McLennan County.
Waco and McLennan County are currently accepting applications for local organizations and businesses that would like to become a Census Action Center where McLennan County residents can fill out their 2020 census.
If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes any friends or family members who are living and sleeping there most of the time.
If someone is staying in your home on April 1, and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 Census.
Please also be sure to count roommates, young children, newborns, and anyone who is renting a space in your home. These people are often missed in the census. This means they can miss out on resources for themselves and their communities over the next 10 years.
It is important to remember to count any children who are living with you. This includes:
You may notice census takers in your neighborhood this year.
This is a normal part of conducting the census. Your information is such an important part of the 2020 Census, that if you haven't responded on your own, we send census takers to help make sure you are counted.
The 2020 Census isn't the only activity the Census Bureau has this year. So you may see Census Bureau employees out collecting responses for other surveys, such as the American Community Survey.
Census takers will visit homes in April to conduct quality check interviews, and then in mid-May to help collect responses.
If someone visits your home to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.
If you still have questions about their identity, you can contact your Regional Census Center at 972-510-1800 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
Census takers play a critical role in the 2020 Census.
In May, they will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the census to help ensure everyone is counted. These census takers are there to help, and they are legally bound to protect your information.
But that's not the only role they play. You might see census workers in your neighborhood this spring and summer for a few different reasons:
Starting in mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. The best way to avoid a visit from a census taker is to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail as soon as you receive your invitation to participate.
The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.
The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.
Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous: The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home.
Being responsible stewards of your data is not only required by law, it is embedded in Census Bureau culture. Strict policies and statistical safeguards help protect the confidentiality of your information. Before releasing data products, the Census Bureau verifies that they meet its confidentiality standards.
From the beginning of the data collection process, the Census Bureau follows industry best practices and federal requirements to protect your data.
The security of Census Bureau systems is a top priority, and our IT infrastructure is designed to defend against and contain cyberthreats. We continually refine our approach to identifying, preventing, detecting, and responding to these threats.