So important that our nations founders mandated the decennial census in the Constitution. The information gathered by the United States Census is used for many things. For instance, data is used to distribute more than $675 billion dollars annually to state and local governments.
Here are some of the programs that may directly affect you:
Missing just one family of 5 is a loss of $100,000 for your community over 10 years.
Census data is also used to decide how many Representatives each state receives in Congress. In the last two Census counts, Pennsylvania lost 3 representatives.
It's Quick and Easy
10 quick questions and 10 minutes is all it takes!
For the first time ever, you can respond online and by phone. Of course, traditionalists can still respond by mail.
The U.S. Census Bureau uses a robust cyber security program that incorporates federal security standards for encrypting data.
Contrary to some theories, the data collected by the Census Bureau can only be used for statistical purposes. No law enforcement agency (including Homeland Security, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, FBI or any other agency) can access or use your personal information at any time.
Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years or both.
For more information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, check out our Flip book
About the 2020 Census
Why It Matters
The Census WILL NEVER
Complete Count Committee
The More You Know....
The U.S. Census Bureau launched a new online map as part of its 2020 Census Response Rate Challenge — where state, local, and community leaders work together to promote a complete and accurate count by increasing the self-response rate in their community. The preview map currently displays 2010 Census self-response rates as a reference point for states, counties, cities, and census tracts around the country. Users will be able to use the map to track their community’s progress in responding to the 2020 Census.
If you have a few minutes, learn how to use the map below.
How it works
as of August 31st
Use the Map
Overall Most Improved-Weekly
Up 1.4% since 8/27
S. Mahoning Township
Black Lick Township
2010 Final Self Response Rate
Most Improved From 2010
Phone: (724) 465-3870
Fax 1: (724) 465-3150
Fax 2: (724) 465-3151
801 Water St.
Indiana, PA 15701-1705
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday EST