March 12 - 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
Why do we take the Census?
- The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated to state and local communities for the next 10 years.
Why is the Census important?
- The 2020 Census is more than a population count
- It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community
- The population totals from the Census determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives
- States use the totals to redraw their legislative and school districts
- The population totals affect funding in YOUR community
- Data collected in the census helps decision makers know how your community is changing
- $675B in federal funding is distributed to communities each year
Why is the Census important to me and my community?
- Every person counts.
- For every person who completes the Census, the city receives roughly $2,020 per year. Over 10 years of the lifespan of each census, that’s $20,200 per resident to help fund much needed programs and services in our city.
- The Census helps to fund programs such as free meals provided by Norfolk Public Schools, Head Start programs, WIC and provides funding and support for uninsured residents.
What is the goal of the 2020 Census?
- To get as complete and accurate a count as possible.
- Young children in particular had a higher net undercount (by far) than any other age group in the 2010 census, they were undercounted at a rate of 4.6%
- An undercount is calculated by comparing the total Census count to demographic data (number of births and deaths over a ten-year period)
- The net undercount of young children is getting worse while coverage of adults has improved
- Other undercounted populations include young black and Hispanic populations
- In the city of Norfolk, it’s estimated that 1,121 young people ages 0 to 4 were missed in the last census, which translates to tens of thousands of dollars lost over a ten-year period
- The undercount rate for Norfolk’s young children was higher than the national average
Will the 2020 Census be the same as 2010? What are the changes for this year’s Census?
- Changes include:
- For the first time you’ll be able to respond online, by phone, or email
- Every household will receive a paper form if they don’t respond
- Households in low-internet areas will receive a paper form from the start
- Data the public has already provided will be used to cut down on in-person visits to nonresponding households
- For the first time same-sex partners living in the same household will have the opportunity to identify as a same-sex partner or spouse living in the household
How is Census data used?
- Distribution of $675 billion annual federal funds to tribal, state and local governments
- Public services and funding for schools, hospitals and fire departments
- Plan for new homes and business and improve neighborhoods
- Forecasting future transportation needs
- Determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans
- Designing facilities for people with disabilities, the elderly and children
When will I complete the Census?
- March 12 – 20 Initial invitations to respond online and by phone will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Areas less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with the invitation to respond online or over the phone.
- March 16-24 Reminder letters will be delivered.
- March 26 – April 3 Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded.
- April 8-16 Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded.
- April 20-27 Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded before census takers follow up in person.
- If a household does not respond to any of these invitations, a census taker will follow up in person sometime between May 13 and July 31.
How can I respond?
- The U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online.
- You can still respond by phone or mail. A preview of the form you will fill out in the mail is available online.
- Responding should take less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee
Will there be a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census?
- No. The Supreme Court held that the Trump Administration’s reasoning for wanting to add a citizenship question was not acceptable.
- The President has since issued an Executive Order indicating that there will be no citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census.
What information will be requested?
- The Census will collect basic information about the people living in your household
- When you complete the Census you should count everyone living in your household as of April 1, 2020
What information will not be requested?
- The U.S. Census Bureau will NEVER ask for:
- Social security numbers
- Bank or credit account numbers
- Money or donations
- Anything on behalf of a political party
What does the Census form look like?
- The printed Census form lists questions in English and Spanish. The 2020 Census questionnaire is available online and by phone in English and 12 additional languages.
- It will include a link for online response
- It will include a phone number if you need questions in a language other than Spanish
- The Census form is 8 questions, and then you fill out information regarding every member living in household as of April 1, 2020
- Questions include: the number of people living or staying in your home, whether your home is owned or rented; the sex of each person living in your household; the age of each person; the race of each person; whether the person is of Spanish, Hispanic or Latino origin; the relationship of each person in the household to each other
Is the Census really confidential?
- Census is interested in data, and not citizenship.
- Census data are protected under Title 13 of U.S. Code, under this law the Census Bureau is required to keep respondent information confidential
- Census will never share personal information with immigration enforcement agencies like ICE, law enforcement agencies or allow it to be used eligibility for government benefits.
How can I ensure the person knocking on my door is really from the Census?
- Every Census worker will be required to wear their badge when going door to door.
Where can I find information about Census jobs?
- Visit 2020census.gov/jobs to find out information about the available jobs
- The City’s Norfolk Works Office is assisting with the process for those interested in applying
- Currently, the City of Norfolk needs 1,600 more applicants for the City of Norfolk
- Census workers are trained to go door to door to non-responding residences after the deadline for mail, website or phone has passed.
What jobs can I apply for?
- The Census is hiring for several different positions, including census takers, census field supervisors, recruiting assistants, clerks and office operations supervisors
- The largest number of openings are for census takers
- You can apply for all of these jobs with just one application
- I work full-time, are part-time positions available?
- Generally, hours for field positions are flexible
- Jobs will begin in April and go through at least August 2020
What do Census jobs pay?
- The pay is $21.50/hour and .58/mile reimbursed or bus fare
What’s an example of a group of people likely to be missed by the Census and why?
- Young children ages 0-4 are one of the most likely groups to be undercounted
- There is likely a combination of factors that make children’s families hard to count as well as the fact that the family or caretakers of young children often fill out the Census but do not include children under 5 in their household count.
How are college students, prisoners, military personnel, and other people living in ground quarters supposed to be counted?
- The Census counts everyone, once, only once and in the right place.
- College dorms, prisons and military barracks and long-term nursing homes are examples of Census group quarters.
- The Census will work with administrative staff at these places to count everyone.
- Students or military personnel living in apartments will receive their own Census mailings.
- Everyone should answer their Census form based on where they usually reside as of April 1, 2020
What is Census Day?
- Census Day is April 1, 2020
- By this date, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census
What are some myths about the Census?
- Non-citizens ARE counted in the Census. Everyone counts.
- Your answers WILL NOT be shared with law enforcement and they cannot be used against you.
- You have three ways to fill out a census form – it is NOT required you fill it out online. You can still respond by mail or phone.
- It absolutely matters if you take the time to complete the Census. And it will affect you.
How can businesses help ensure a complete count in their communities?
- In the City of Norfolk, you can reach out to the Norfolk Complete Count committee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide you with promotional materials to help promote the Census to your customers.
- In other communities, be sure to contact your local Complete Count committee or visit www.2020Census.gov for resources available for download.
What are Complete Count Committees?
- Complete Count Committees are volunteer committees established by local governments and community leaders to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census.
- Success of the Census depends on community involvement at every level.
How can I help with the Census?
- Tell everyone – your friends and family, your neighbors and co-workers, that you will complete the Census – and tell them why
- Through your social media channels share interesting facts, true stories, and how-to guides.
- 2020census.gov or visit Count on Norfolk on Facebook for information to share on your social media feeds
- Visit “Fighting 2020 Census Rumors” to get the most accurate information.
The city is also working with the Census Bureau to recruit and hire approximately 1,600 persons in Norfolk.
The city’s Norfolk Works Office is assisting the Census Bureau by providing work space one afternoon each week and providing hiring information at various Norfolk events and activities.
To apply for a census job go to 2020census.gov/jobs.
Census employment assistance is available at the Norfolk Works office at 100 Bank Street on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For more information call 757-763-6064.