Be Counted in the 2020 U.S. Census
Learn why the 2020 Census is important, how to complete it online and more.
The time has come for the once-a-decade population count. The very first census in 1790 was collected on horseback and by foot. This census included the original 13 states plus the districts of Kentucky, Maine and Vermont, as well as the Southwest Territory (Tennessee). The 2020 Census counts everyone in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.
Complete the Census Online
Counting everyone is easier than ever since online responses are the primary form of collection. Responses are safe, secure and protected by federal law. Your personal information can not be shared with any law enforcement agencies. Answers can only be used to produce anonymous statistics.
Complete the census on your personal device by following the link below. It should only take around 15 minutes to complete.
Watch the video below for an overview of the 2020 Census and the online questionnaire.
Why It’s Important
Counting every person is important to the library and the regions in which we live. For example, our own library needs an accurate count of the number of young children to plan for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Campbell County. Historically, children ages 0-5 years are the most undercounted demographic.
The 2020 Census will help inform decisions on how billions of dollars are allocated annually for public services like roads, public schools, hospitals and healthcare clinics, fire and emergency response services, public transportation, the library and hundreds of other programs. In the 2016 fiscal year, Kentucky received nearly $16 billion through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. The census also determines the number of seats each state receives in the House of Representatives.
What information will be requested on the census?
The census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020.
No matter who lives in your home, be sure to count them all in the 2020 Census. This includes grandparents, young children, foster children and non-relatives who are living with you.
What information will not be requested?
The Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Social Security numbers
- Bank or credit card account numbers
- Money or donations
- Anything on behalf of a political party
- Citizenship status
I lost the Census ID I received in the mail to respond online. What do I do?
You will receive a letter in the mail inviting you to respond online using a Census ID, but it is not required. If you do not have your Census ID, select the link below the login button on the online questionnaire. You will be prompted to answer some additional questions about your address.
How does the Census Bureau protect my data?
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 security of Census Bureau systems is a top priority, and the IT infrastructure is designed to defend against and contain cyberthreats. The Census Bureau continually refines its approach to identify, prevent, detect, and respond to these threats.
Is there a way to respond to the census over the phone?
Yes, you may respond to the census on the phone. Visit 2020census.gov to learn how. The link also includes the numbers to call for foreign language speakers.
Where can I go to learn more?
You can learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting 2020census.gov.