As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Census is a count of everyone living in the country and occurs every ten years.
Data from the Census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in funds annually to communities to support vital programs that impact housing, education, transportation, employment, healthcare and public policy. Indiana’s portion of that is roughly $18 billion.
Census data are also used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives – Census results affect your voice in government, how much funding your community receives, and how your community plans for the future.
Distribution of funding can affect a wide variety of programs that touch our citizens, such as medical assistance programs, Medicare Part B physicians Fee schedule services, foster care, low-income home energy assistance, child and adult care food program, adult education grants to states, capital assistance programs for elderly persons and persons with disabilities, Head Start, the national School Lunch Program, federal student loans, crime victim assistance programs and business and industry loans.
Around mid-March, every household will, or already should have received an invitation to complete a simple questionnaire about who lives at your address on April 1st. You will have the opportunity to respond online, by phone, or by mail. The Census will ask for the following information: 1) number of people at the address; any additional people staying there; owner/renter; phone number; name; sex; age and date of birth; Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin; race; relationship; whether a person lives or stays somewhere else.
Responses to the Census are safe, secure and protected by federal law! Your answers can only be used to produce statistics – they cannot be used against you in any way. Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about individuals, households, or businesses, even to law enforcement agencies.
Complete information on Census2020 can be found at www.2020Census.gov; www.sjcindiana.com; and www.southbendin.gov/census2020/.