DCIU Supports Countywide Census Efforts
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 2, and first taken in 1790, the United States census attempts to count every resident in the country each decade. The results determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties, and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy. It is important that every resident of Delaware County knows about and participates in the upcoming 2020 Census.
Detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail will begin arriving at households on March 12. Census Day will be observed nationwide on April 1, by which date every home should have received an invitation to participate in the census. From May to June, Census takers will visit residences that have not yet responded to the census.
2020 Census Jobs
The U.S. Census Bureau is also seeking applicants for hundreds of thousands of temporary positions to assist with the count. More information can be found on the 2020 Census site.
Federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. A local community benefits the most when the census counts everyone.
How the Census Data is Used
- Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy
- Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals
- Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, which leads to job creation
- Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhood
The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep every 2020 Census respondent's information confidential. Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about any individual, his/her home, or his/her business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that an individual’s private data is protected and that no answers can be used against the individual by any government agency or court. The answers are used only to produce statistics. Respondents are kept anonymous: The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release any responses in any way that could identify an individual or anyone else in an individual's home.