Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
East Peoria is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census. As a partner, the city will be working to ensure that our community is accurately represented.
The census form has nine questions like age, sex, and the number of people who live in the home including children.
The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, income, or anything related to political parties.
Data collected in the census will inform the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities each year for things like infrastructure, health care and food assistance. It also influences congressional representation. It is important that everyone respond to shape the future of our community.
Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any law enforcement, government agency or court in any way - not by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
How to Fill Out the Census
This is the first time the census can be completed online and that will be the preferred method. The data entered is secure and goes through three levels of encryption. The online portal will open Thursday, March 26. People can also do the census over the phone or request a paper form.
Because completing the census is required of everyone by federal law, those who have not submitted their information online, by phone or on a paper form will have a census taker come to their home starting Friday, May 1.
An official envelope will be mailed to everyone in mid-March encouraging people to complete the census online.
How to know the envelope is official and from the U.S. Census Department
- It must say it is from Jeffersonville, IN 47132
- It must say it is required by law
Who You Should Count
Be sure to count everyone who lives in your home on your 2020 Census form. This includes babies and young children, who are often missed in the census. Not counting newborn babies and children impacts support for programs such as children’s health insurance, hospitals, child care, food assistance, schools and early childhood development. It is important to count all the babies and children in your home, even if they are not related to you or are only staying with you temporarily.
Renters also need to respond to the census. Personal information is confidential, protected by law and can never be used to identify you. It can never be shared with law enforcement agencies or your property manager.
College students should respond to the census to have a chance to impact programs like Pell Grants, health care services, food assistance and more for the next decade. Those who live in off-campus housing that is not owned, leased or managed by the college or university can respond online, by phone or by mail beginning mid-March 2020. Count yourself at your off-campus address, even if you stay somewhere else during school breaks. If you live in on-campus student housing or in another student housing facility that is owned, leased or managed by the college or university, census takers will work with student housing officials to ensure that you are counted.
How to Learn More About the Census
Learn more about the 2020 Census at the official census website.