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2020 Census at a Glance
Counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place.
What is the Census?
Who is the Census Bureau?
The U.S. Census Bureau is a nonpartisan government agency and the federal government’s largest statistical agency. They are dedicated to providing current facts and figures about America’s people, places, and economy. Federal law protects the confidentiality of all individual responses the Census Bureau collects.
Why Do We Do It?
The results of the census determine your congressional representation as well as federal funding for states and communities. Every year, more than $675 billion goes toward hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and more.
The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade they take a count—or a census—of America’s population. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
What Questions Will be Asked?
The 2020 Census Informational Questionnaire (PDF) is an informational copy of the 2020 Census and includes all of the questions.
The Census Bureau will never ask you for:
- Your Social Security number.
- Money or donations.
- Anything on behalf of a political party.
- Your bank or credit card account numbers.
If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate. For more information, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.
When Can You Take the 2020 Census?
By April 1, 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Participants will have three options for responding: online, by phone, or by mail. More information will go out to each household in March 2020.
Everyone Must Complete the 2020 Census
If you live in the United States, you are required by law to participate in the 2020 count, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical, as the results of the 2020 Census will affect congressional representation, community funding, and more.
Why is the Census important to me?
The Census is more than just a count of people in the nation.
- The number of people counted is used in formulas to determine to total amount of Federal Aid given to states and Camden County.
- Population changes needs to be correctly recognized so areas are properly represented at the Federal and State Government. These numbers are also used to determine the districts used by the Camden County Board of Commissioners and Camden County Schools.
- Many groups and entities, from both the private and public sectors, utilize these numbers for decision making and it is important that these statistics are correct.
Changes for the 2020 Census
In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will implement new technology to make it easier than ever to respond to the census. For the first time, you will be able to respond online, by phone, as well as by mail. To learn more about what to expect, visit 2020census.gov.
Your Information is Protected by Law
The law requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential and use your responses only to produce statistics. We cannot publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you. The Census Bureau will never share your information with immigration enforcement agencies such as ICE, law enforcement agencies such as the FBI or police, or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits. More information is available through the U.S. Census Bureau's The 2020 Census and Confidentiality (PDF) fact sheet.
Your Response Matters
How Can You Verify That Someone Is a Census Worker?
If someone visits your home to collect information for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
- First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
- If you still have questions about their identity, you can contact the Atlanta Regional Census Center at 470-889-6800 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
Why are Census Workers Out in Camden County?
You might see census takers in your neighborhood for a few different reasons:
- They are verifying addresses in preparation for the census.
- They are collecting responses to the census or another survey.
- They are dropping off census materials.
- They are conducting quality checks related to the census.
Census takers who verify addresses are called address canvassers. They help ensure an accurate and complete count by verifying addresses and noting where houses, apartments, shelters, and other residences are located. Census takers will attempt to knock on every door in the neighborhood they are canvassing.
The U.S. Census Bureau has an interactive map that details where address canvassers may be in Camden County.