September 20, 2019
With an accurate count, there will be continued strong representation for county, state, federal and school board districts. The census also helps businesses project sales and attract employees. A fair count allows cities to plan for roads and public transit, grocery stores, hospitals, school class sizes, public works and quality of life in our neighborhoods.
Decisions about Indy’s future – and the dollars for it – come down to counting everyone, especially you. We need to get this right.
At United Way of Central Indiana, we’re doing our part with the help of Count Me INdy. Check out these frequently asked questions about the census so we can count you in this April.
What is the census?
The census was first conducted in 1790 by the Constitution to count every person living in the United States. Taken every ten years, the census paints a picture of our country’s changing demographics and determines the distribution of power at every level of government.
Why is this important?
The census helps determine how businesses invest and measure progress; how community organizations develop, implement, and assess their programs, and the distribution of over $675 billion annually to state and local governments. This money goes towards programs that support: housing, education, health, emergency services, highways, safety and well-being.
Who is counted?
Everyone living in the United States on Census Day is counted, regardless of citizen status. Whoever you are, wherever you are – you count.
When is Census day?
April 1, 2020. Mark your calendar.
How will I be counted?
Your household will have the option of responding by phone, by mail or online. These options are easier than having a Census worker knocking on your door, which is what happens if you don’t participate in another way.
What kind of information will I have to provide?
The census will ask you questions of people in homes and group living situations, including how many people live in each home, the sex, age, and race of each person.
Will my information be public?
Census data is confidential. Responses cannot and will not be shared with anyone, including immigration, law enforcement, or even the President of the United States.
For more information the 2020 Census and how you can get involved, visit Count Me INdy.