2020 Census

safe, easy, and critically important to Hamilton County

It's Important...

An accurate and complete count is vital to Hamilton County. Census data is used to determine how billions of dollars in federal funds are spent in our communities over the next decade. That money is spent on health clinics, fire departments, schools, roads and other vital programs and projects. The once-a-decade count also determines the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. The results are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

It's also in the Constitution that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years.

The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It's an opportunity to shape Hamilton County's future. For every person not counted, Hamilton County loses $1,814 in federal funding annually. Using 2018 population projections and the 2010 Census response rate, Hamilton County lost $3.4 billion in federal funding over the course of the last decade.

It's Safe...

Under federal law, your responses are kept confidential and can only be used by the U.S. Census Bureau to produce stats. Your response is safe from hacking or other cyberthreats.

REMEMBER: The U.S. Census Bureau will never ask for a social security number, money or donations, political party affiliation, bank or credit card information, or your mother's maiden name.

For more info on confidentiality, view the 2020 Census Confidentiality Factsheet  .

It's Easy...

The 2020 Census survey is simple. It will ask your name, sex, age, date of birth, race/ethnicity, as well as those details for everyone in your household. There are 10 questions on the census form. The 2020 Census does NOT ask about citizenship.

For more information on how to respond, the 2020 Census - Who To Count page contains valuable information.

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
By phone.
By mail.

Key Dates

By mid- March: homes across the United States will begin receiving a postcard with instructions to participate in the 2020 Census by filling out a questionnaire online, over the phone or by mail on April 1, 2020.
April 1, 2020: Census Day is observed nationwide. This is the day designated for households to respond to the 10 questions asked by the Census, either online, over the phone or by mail.
April 2020: Census takers begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
May 2020 – July 2020: The Census Bureau begins visiting homes that haven’t responded the 2020 Census to make sure everyone is counted.


The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to fill temporary positions to help with the 2020 Census count. In Hamilton County, pay rates for Census jobs range from $21.00 - $23.50. Apply today at https://2020census.gov/jobs.

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