Introduction: The 2020 Census is easy, confidential and important
In March and April of 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will be conducting the 2020 Census, as is required by Article 1,Section 2 of the United States Constitution which mandates a count of all the people living in the United States every ten years. Because the 2020 Census affects the future distribution of state and federal funding to Chester County's governments and social service organizations, the Chester County Commissioners have established a Complete Count Committee to help ensure that all residents in Chester County are counted. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the Complete Count Committee for Chester County, and the 2020 Census in general.
What is the Chester County Complete Count Committee (CCC)?
In the summer of 2019, the Chester County Commissioners established the Chester County CCC, which consists of a variety of community leaders from education, business, healthcare, and other public and private organizations. These trusted voices are working with County government to develop and implement a 2020 Census awareness campaign based upon their knowledge of the local community. The focus of the CCC is to conduct public outreach to "hard-to-count" residents of Chester County who may include temporary residents, like college students or farm workers, and other people like the seniors or recent immigrants who are less likely to fill out forms due to a lack of familiarity.
The Chester County CCC will be actively working from the fall of 2019 to the spring of 2020 to ensure that everyone in Chester County is counted. For more information on the committee, contact Jake Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-344-6285.
Help Wanted: Could you be a Census Champion?
Are you a community leader in Chester County who could help promote the census? If so, we would like you to consider becoming a "Census Champion" who will conduct face to face meetings with hard-to-count groups. This is a volunteer position, but the CCC can provide you with flyers, posters, and the guidance of CCC members. We are especially interested in individuals with contacts in the following communities or groups:
- Farm Workers
- Foreign Language Speakers
- Immagrant Communities
- Minority Communities
- College Students
- Adult Literacy
- Food Pantries
- Houses of Worship
- ESL Classes Immigrant Groups
- Ethnic Grocery Stores
- West Chester Boro.
- The City of Coatesville
- Kennett Square Boro.
- Phoenixville Boro.
If you would be interested in becoming a Census Champion contact Jake Michael at email@example.com or 610-344-6285.
When will the Census forms be mailed?
The 2020 Census will be mailing out materials to Chester County residents mostly during March and April of 2020.
March 12 to 20: Each residential address, including rental apartments, will be mailed a census invitation card, and instructions for the on-line submission. It will also explain how to fill out the form over the phone, or by using a paper form.
March 16 to 24: A reminder post card will be sent to each residential address.
March 26 to April 3: If you have not yet submitted your Census information, a reminder postcard will be sent to you.
April 8 to 16: If you have not yet submitted your Census information, a reminder letter and a paper questionnaire will be set to you.
April 20-27: If you have not yet submitted your Census information, you will be sent a final reminder and a notification that you may be visited by a Census taker.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Why is the 2020 Census important to my community?
- The Census is used to apportion representation in the US House of Representatives as mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the US Constitution.
- The Census is also used in drawing the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts, as well as voting precincts.
- Census data is used in enforcing voting rights and civil rights legislation.
- Census counts are used by federal agencies to distribute over $675 billion federal dollars to states and local municipalities.
- Census information is used extensively by private businesses, government agencies, and service providers like hospitals and public water utilities.
Is filling out the 2020 Census difficult?
Filling out the 2020 Census is easy and consists of nine questions.
- The Census will ask you about:
- Your age and sex
- Your race and ancestry
- How many people are living at the address
- The Census will not ask you about:
- Your social secure number
- If you are, or are not, a citizen
- Your income
Households will be able to respond to the 2020 Census online, over the phone, or through a paper questionnaire. The sample paper questionnaire below does not include some features that will be made available to households starting in March 2020, such as the URL for online response and the contact information for phone response.
Is my information confidential?
Any information you provide to the Census, either online or in paper form will remain confidential. Federal law required that Census data only be used for statistical purposes. For more information, view the 2020 Census and Confidentiality brochure.
Will a Census taker visit my home?
If you fill out the Census form online, or mail in a completed paper form, no Census staff will come to your home. If a Census taker does visit your address, he or she will show you identficiation, and will not step inside your home.
Can I fill out the Census online or over the phone?
Yes. In March of 2020, each mailing address in the County will be mailed a postcard with directions on how to fill out the Census online, or over the phone.
Will the Census send me an email?
No. The Census will contact you by mail or by phone.