A lot is at stake with Census 2020 so we’re counting on you, Oklahoma!
What is the Census?
The census is a survey taken every 10 years to get an overall look at communities all across the United States and how to better serve them. The census is used by lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others to help determine funding, congressional representation, and more.
Who's being counted?
Every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories which include: Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The count is constitutional
Filling out the census isn’t just our civic duty – it’s the law. The Constitution mandates that the country counts its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790. Let’s make this the most accurate count to date!
Why it matters.
The Census determines how much funding and services our towns and cities receive each year for the next decade. Everyone counts.
[ Oklahoma communities stand to gain an estimated $1,675 per person per year. ]
The Census count will provide funding and services we will live with for the next 10 years, if not longer. Oklahoma stands to lose up to $1,675 per person per year, for the next 10 years in federal support for programs that use Census data such as healthcare, parks and roads, education — and more.
Oklahoma nonprofits can be effective in reaching out to their networks in hard-to-count populations. You can provide education about the benefits of Census 2020 and encourage participation.
We all win with an accurate Census count, so let’s get the word out and count everyone!
The Census has a 10-year benefit of $16,750 per person for your community.
All Oklahomans win with an accurate
and complete Census count.
Oklahoma nonprofits can be effective in reaching out to their networks in the hard-to-count populations. You can provide education about the benefits of Census 2020 and encourage them to participate.
The census takes less than 15 minutes and is legally private. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.
The 2020 Census takes about 12 minutes to compete. You can fill out a Census survey form and send it by mail, reply by phone, or for the first time – online. To get a better idea of what questions will be asked, you can preview them here: United States Census 2020.
Your Census survey answers are used to gather useful information about your community. No one is able to trace your survey answers back to you. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement.