The U.S. Census is the basis for distribution of federal and state funding, political representation, and community decision making. An accurate census will ensure that county residents receive their fair share of federal funding. Since the last U.S. Census in 2010, it is estimated that the population of Chester County has grown by 5 percent, which is just over 23,000 people.The 2020 U.S. Census guides the federal government in distributing its funds. During fiscal year 2015, 132 federal programs used Census Bureau data to distribute more than $675 billion in funds. State funding is also based on census data. In fact, Chester County’s 2018 budget included a total of $192.1 million in Federal and State grants, which is 41 percent of the operating budget.
The Census Schedule for 2020
Between March 12th and the 20th, every house and apartment will be mailed a letter with instructions for filling out the census online. From March 16th to April 3rd, a reminder letter will be sent. By April 16th, if you did not fill out the census online, you will be sent a reminder letter and a paper census form. By April 27th, if you did not fill out a paper form, you will be mailed a notice that a census worker will come for a visit. During May through July, if you did not fill out a paper form, a census worker will visit you and help you fill out the form.
2020 Census Facts
The 2020 Census form is easy to fill out. It has only nine questions asking about your sex, age, race and ethnicity, and the number of people living at your address. You will not be asked to give your income, financial information, or Social Security number. You will not be asked if you are a citizen.
Three ways to fill out the census form. When you receive a letter from the census in March 2020, you can request that you be sent a paper form, which will then be mailed to you. Or, you can fill out the online form on any computer or mobile device, at your house, at a library, at work, or at a friend’s house. The Census Bureau also will offer a phone service in English, Spanish, and a number of other languages.
Keeping your personal information safe. Federal law states that data collected by the census is confidential and will remain anonymous. Census data cannot be used against any person by any government agency or court. All census workers take an oath of non-discloser that protects your confidential answers. Punishment for mishandling census data is up to a $250,000 fine and up to five years in federal prison.
Don’t get scammed! All census workers will have a census ID and a census briefcase. You can verify the ID of a census worker online at: https://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/main/email.cgi. A census worker will NEVER: 1) Contact you by email; 2) Ask you to step outside your home; 3) Ask you for your Social Security number; or 3) Ask you for money, donations, or credit card information.