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2020 Census

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What is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.

What does the Arizona 2020 Census mean for the state?

The census matters to Arizona and has an impact our daily lives - the roads we drive on, access to health care, school lunch programs, even our political representation. The census is our once in a decade opportunity to shape the next ten years in Arizona.

The $675 billion in annual funds allocated to states based on population is used for schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs. A complete count next year ensures that we can preserve the outstanding quality of life we enjoy in Arizona.

Why does every person in Arizona need to be counted?

It’s estimated that up to $3,000 per person, per year is at stake for every Arizonan. That is more than $20 billion dollars annually that helps support Arizona’s communities.

In fact, for every Arizonan who does not respond to the census, the state stands to lose $887 in federal funding. Just a 1% undercount would represent a loss to the state of $62 million per year for a decade, for a total loss of $620 million.

The census also impacts our political representation. Arizona stands to gain an additional representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. Our local political boundaries are also based on census data, from our school districts to our state legislature.

What happens to my information?

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.

How do I get counted?

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

Need more information or have questions?

Have a question?  Email the City of Tempe at: census@tempe.gov
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