What is the Census?
The census is a 10-year count of all persons living in the United States, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The census also inventories various demographic information on persons living in the United States, including age, gender, and race.
Why is the Census important?
Political district boundaries, including City of Fitchburg alder districts, are identified based on the census. All persons living in the United States, both citizens and non-citizens, must be counted to ensure equal representation at all levels of government.
Funding and Policy
The census affects state and federal funding to local communities, including the City of Fitchburg, over the next decade. $675 billion in annual federal housing, transportation, and workforce development funding is tied to the census. Every person who is not counted in the census may result in a loss of over $2,000 in funding per year.
Why do I need to participate in the 2020 Census?
The census form includes nine questions about a person’s age, gender, race, and relationship to householder. The form takes less than 10 minutes to complete for most households, and can be completed online, over the phone, by paper, or in-person.
All data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau is confidential and may only be used for statistical purposes. The Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about an individual, their home, or business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that an individual’s private data is protected and their answers cannot be used against them by any government agency or court.
It’s the law.
A 10-year census is mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.
How do I participate in the 2020 Census?
- Watch for an invitation in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Go to the website listed on the invitation on your computer or smartphone, or call the Census Bureau at the number listed on the invitation.
- Submit your census information.
For further information on the 2020 Census in the City of Fitchburg, please contact the following:
Community Development Planner