The 2020 U.S. Census begins contacting Oklahoma City residents this week. Here’s what to know:
What is the census?
The 2020 Census is a count of every person in the United States and its territories regardless of their citizenship, nationality or living situation.
What does the government want to know?
For each person at each address, the form asks for information including name, sex, age, date of birth, relationship, Hispanic origin and race.
I am afraid for my family’s security and the security of our personal information. Is the data I provide confidential?
Yes. By law, census responses are confidential and private. The Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about individuals, households, or businesses, even to law enforcement. The bureau can use responses only to produce statistics.
How can I respond to the census?
Online, by phone or by mail.
Why should I respond?
Oklahoma had the second-lowest participation rate in the country in the 2010 Census. An undercount of just 2% would cost the state an estimated $1.8 billion in federal funding over a decade. Census results help direct federal funding for programs including:
• School breakfast and lunch, and SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
• Medicare Part B and Medicaid.
• Head Start, college grants.
• Affordable housing.
• Highways and transit.
How often does the U.S. conduct the census?
Once every 10 years.
How can I learn more?
Go to okc.gov or search npr.org for “census” or go to census.gov.