What is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts everyone living in the United States, from newborn babies to the oldest among us. This includes babies, children, grandparents, friends, nonrelatives, and everyone who is living or staying with you on April 1, 2020. You can read more about the Census in 59 non-English languages on the 2020 Census website. 2020 marks the nation’s 24th census, which has been conducted every ten years since 1790. The goal in 2020 is to “Count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.”

Why does it matter?

Because everyone counts and your response really does matter! Your response will ensure that our community receives accurate funding for programs for the next 10 years. Funding for programs including School and After-School Programs, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Assistance Programs, Roads and Public Transportation, Health Clinics, and Hospitals, will be determined by an accurate census count. If we miss people in the census count, we miss out on critical funding for services and resources that benefit all Eau Claire County residents.

Is it safe?

Responses to the 2020 Census are confidential, secure, and protected by federal law. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census or survey information that identifies an individual or business. Answers can only be used to produce anonymous statistics.

How do I participate?

The Census Bureau will mail a code to each household in March 2020, directing the head of the household to complete the Census questionnaire online and offering information about other ways to respond. This questionnaire will consist of ten questions about each household member. You can view a sample Census questionnaire here. In areas with low internet connectivity, the first mailing will include a paper questionnaire. Between April 8-16, the Census Bureau will send a paper questionnaire to every household that has not yet responded.

The questionnaire will be available in 13 languages and the Census Bureau has prepared language guides in 60 different languages as well as large print and Braille guides.

How will the online response option work?

Your invitation to respond to the Census will include a unique identification code called a “Census ID.” Using the code will assist the Census Bureau keep track of responses and avoid duplication, however, it is not required in order to respond online or by telephone. If respondents do not have their Census ID, they can use their street address instead.

The entire online survey must be completed in one session; draft responses cannot be saved. There is no time limit to responding to the survey, however respondents will be logged out if there is no activity for 15 minutes. All data submitted online are encrypted. A confirmation page will be displayed after submission, but there will be no email or text message confirmation. You will also be able to use your smartphone or tablet to respond to the census questionnaire. When you are ready, visit my2020census.gov to respond.

What if I don’t want to respond online?

If you do not wish to respond to the Census questions online, you will have the option to respond by phone or by filling out and mailing a paper questionnaire. The library will carry copies of the paper form. Please ask for them at the Information & Reference desk.

Need more information or have questions?

The library will provide access and assistance to anyone completing the 2020 Census. Please visit Information & Reference staff on the second floor if you have any questions, call 715-839-5004, or email us at librarian@eauclaire.lib.wi.us.

Now Hiring!

2020 Census Jobs are still available. Apply online today at 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020). These temporary positions offer excellent pay, flexible hours, and paid training.