10 Things You Should Know About the 2020 Census
Updated: Jun 12, 2019
Fast facts you should know to ensure Liberty County, Georgia gets a complete and accurate count for the upcoming 2020 Census.
The census helps paint a portrait of America by showing how the country evolved over the past 10 years and what America needs for the next 10 years.
During the 2019 Liberty County Annual Countywide Planning Workshop, the 2020 Census was selected as the number 2 priority for the county. Over the next year, many of our officials and leaders will be out in the community making sure Liberty County neighbors and newcomers know about the 2020 Census. The goal is simple: every person with a name and birth date counted once and in the right place. Here's what you should know about completing the 2020 Census.
1. Everyone must be counted. This includes people of all ages, races, and ethnic groups; citizens and non-citizens.
2. The census is much more than a population count. Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census provides an opportunity for you to ensure our community is accurately represented when it comes to funding for essential programs and services.
3. All of your answers are safe and confidential. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share your answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
4. The 2020 Census form asks 10 questions and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
5. April 1, 2020 is Census Day, the official day of the population count. Responses to the census form should include everyone who will be living at that address as of that day.
6. It is not necessary to wait until Census Day to complete the 2020 Census form. Forms should be returned as quickly as possible.
7. The individual in whose name the housing unit is rented or owned should complete the form on behalf of every person living there, both relatives and non-relatives.
8. The 2020 Census language assistance program will help non English-speakers submit their Census forms. The Census Bureau will provide bilingual forms in English and Spanish to households in areas with high concentrations of Spanish-only speakers. Forms will also be available upon request in five languages in addition to English: Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Korean,Vietnamese, and Russian.
9. The easiest and most efficient method of participating is filling out your form online. Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QAC) will be available to assist those unable to read or understand the census form. For those with visual impairments, the Language Assistance Guide will be available in large print and Braille. Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons who do not have access to Video Relay Service (VRS) will be able to call a TDD number.
10. Census workers will visit homes that did not return forms beginning in April 2020 to take the count in person. Please answer their questions (or just fill out the form online and you won’t have to worry about it!). Census workers can be identified by a badge and a Census Bureau bag.
By now it should be clear that census participation is easy, important and safe. Make sure to fill out your form when you receive it in March 2020 so every body can be counted in Liberty County.