Count Me In
What is the census?
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person living in the United States. Why? For every person counted, Arizona receives money from the federal government and that money is then given to city’s based on their population and needs.
- In Arizona, census data helps allocate funds to 55 federal programs.
- The census is available in 12 non-English languages, with additional materials and assistance available in 59 languages.
- The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
- 2020 is the first year the census can be completed online!
The Goodyear Complete Count Committee: Goodyear has a Complete Count Committee (CCC). This group, of Goodyear residents, is working to inform fellow neighbors about the upcoming Census. They are from geographically diverse communities; Palm Valley and PebbleCreek in the north, to Canyon Trails, Estrella Vista and historic areas in the heart of town, and up the hill to Estrella and CantaMia in southern Goodyear. You will see them around in the community and at events in bright yellow vests volunteering their time to make sure everyone knows the importance of being counted. Click here to learn more about the CCC and their efforts.
When is the census?
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the decennial census every ten years. The Bureau will start mailing invitations on how to respond to every household in March 2020.
Why do I need to be counted?
By law, every person who lives in the U.S. and its territories is required to respond to the census. Every person counted helps ensure cities, like Goodyear, get the money it needs based on population for critical programs and services. If the census accurately reflects Arizona’s population growth, the state is expected to gain a seat in the House of Representatives. It also gives businesses an idea of who’s living where, so they know where to open new stores or offer new services.
Goodyear benefits when you complete the census. Your count ensures Goodyear’s fair share of $675 billion in federal funds to support:
- Public transportation
- Public safety
- Senior care
- Neighborhood improvements
- Parks and recreation
Does everyone in my household have to fill out the census survey?
Only one person per household needs to fill out the census. One person completes the questionnaire for everyone living in the home.Children count, too. Remember to count them.
How am I counted?
The 2020 Census is unique. It’s the first time the U.S. Census can be done online. In mid-March, Goodyear residents will receive a post card in the mail inviting them to complete the census.
3 Ways to Complete the Census
For the first time in history, you can complete the census online. To complete the survey digitally, go to the website listed on the census information you receive in mail, answer the questions and hit submit.
You can also call the toll-free number on the notification mailed to each household in March 2020 and respond by phone. A census representative will ask you the survey questions and enter your information into the database.
When responding by mail, fill out the form with a blue or black pen or a #2 pencil, then mail it back in the pre-paid return envelope.
What questions are on the census?
The census asks basic demographic questions such as: how many people are living in the home; is the home owned or rented, and what is the age, sex, race, and relationships of people in the household.
When do I have to respond by?
The response deadline is June 30. However, census workers will begin following up in person with households that have not responded by April 30, 2020.
Are my answers safe online?
Yes. The U.S. Census online survey site is safe and secure.
Does the census require or include a citizenship question?
No, the 2020 Census does not include any questions about citizenship.
Are my answers private?
Yes, responses to the census questionnaire are completely confidential and anonymous. Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share census data with any other person, organization, court, business or government agency, i.e. law enforcement.
How does the U.S. Census protect my identity?
The U.S. Census never asks for social security numbers, bank account numbers, money, donations or anything on behalf of a political party. If anyone asks you for this information claiming it is for the U.S. Census, do not answer their questions and contact the U.S. Census Bureau.
For more information visit, icount2020.info.