Be Counted: 2020 Census is happening now!

Our constitution mandates we count every person residing in the United States every 10 years. Every person counts, no matter what race, age, ethnic group or whether you are a citizen or not. All of us are to be counted. 

Starting in March 2020, every household in Oregon will be sent a mailer from the US Census Bureau asking them to take the census over the phone or online. Each household will be asked to provide basic information about everyone who lives in that household as of April 1, 2020, which is the official “Census Day.”  Important Dates to know

What Questions Are Asked?

Filling out the 2020 Census questionnaire is fast, easy and safe. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the form takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Here are the questions you should be prepared to answer:

  • How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020 
  • Whether the home is owned or rented 
  • The  sex of each person in your home 
  • The age of each person in your home 
  • The race of each person in your home 
  • Whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin 
  • About the relationship of each person in your home

What Won’t Be Asked?

There are certain pieces of information that the U.S. Census Bureau will not ask you during the 2020 Census operations. This includes:

  • Immigration or citizenship status
  • Social Security number 
  • Political party affiliation 
  • Bank or credit card information
  • Money or any type of donation or financial contribution

Is Your Information Safe?

Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau uses the highest level of data security to safeguard the information it receives. In fact, the census forms can be used ONLY to produce statistical information about the population, and penalties for violations are severe. For more information review the Census fact sheet on confidentiality.

Additional Resources

Oregon Counts 2020
2020 Census
We Count Oregon
US Census YouTube Channel