2020 Census—Why We’re Counting on You

It’s more than just a number.

It’s a figure that determines where hundreds of billions of dollars in federal aid will go.

You may think the purpose of the Census is to count the number of Americans. That’s correct, but it only tells part of the story. The Census also helps your community receive funding, reinforce anti-discrimination laws and ensure accurate representation in Congress.

With so much riding on a thorough and accurate count, it’s important that all Rocky Mount and area citizens take part in this venture. 

What Areas Does the Census Influence?

Do you take the Tar River Transit to work or around town? Have you ever gone on a weekend road trip? 

If so, these Census numbers have a direct influence on your life. 

These results can influence highway construction and planning. They are also instrumental in providing grants for public transit systems, including buses and subways. 

Census figures also help decide how much is given to the Head Start program and other grants that aid teachers and special education programs. 

Who Should Respond to the Census?

All Rocky Mount citizens should respond to the Census.

The Census is for anyone living in the U.S. and its territories, which include:

  • Puerto Rico
  • American Samoa
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Guam
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

Only one person should respond at each home and that person should be at least 15 years old. 

Your Answers Are Completely Confidential

Did you know that every Census employee takes an oath to protect your information for the rest of their lives? 

In addition, the Census Bureau cannot release any information that could identify you or your home. That means the government or a court can’t use the information against you. The Census and its workers take this data protection very seriously. 

How To Respond

Haven’t responded to the Census online or via phone yet? There’s still time. Just visit the U.S. Census for detailed instructions on how to make sure you are counted.

If you haven’t responded to the Census via the internet, mail or phone, you may have a Census worker visit you to get the information.

Remember, anyone who visits your home claiming to be from the Census should have identification. This includes an ID badge that has a photograph and an expiration date. It should also have a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark. 

Still not sure? Call the Census Bureau at 844-330-2020 and ask to speak to a representative.

Questions Asked on the Census Form

The questions that Census workers will ask you are very straightforward.

To give you an idea of what to expect, take a look at some of the questions that are asked on the Census form.

These include questions involving:

  • The number of people living at your address
  • Whether you live in an apartment or home
  • The name and telephone numbers of those who live there
  • Race—this is important because it helps agencies make sure organizations comply with anti-discrimination provisions
  • How the residents at the address related to each other

What Is the Timeline for the Census?

The Census Bureau plans to have a complete and accurate count by Sept. 30.

This means you may already be seeing Census workers in your neighborhood.

What Precautions Are Census Takers Doing During COVID-19?

Any Census worker who knocks on your door will be wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. You can read more about what they are doing to keep you safe on their website

Complete the Census, Help Your Community

We love our city. We want to see it continue to flourish. A big part of this is securing the funding, grants and assistance it needs.

And in order to do that, we have to be sure there’s an accurate census count.

We encourage you to make sure you’ve completed your Census forms. Have additional questions? Just check out these details from the U.S. Census Bureau

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