2020 Census Information
Article 1, section 2 of the Constitution of the United States of America requires a decennial census. The census is taken at the beginning of each new decade and will be occurring throughout 2020. Participating in the census is critical to ensuring proper representation, deployment of federal resources, and understanding of population trends.
Everyone in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District is encouraged to participate in the 2020 Census.
Beginning on March 12, 2020, households all across America will begin receiving a letter with an Invitation to Respond to the Census.
- The Invitation is a letter and will be delivered to households via USPS mail between March 12 and March 20.
- The Invitation to Respond will contain instructions how to respond online or by phone.
- The Invitation will contain a Census ID. That ID identifies the exact location of your house.
- If you lose, misplace or throw-away your Invitation, you will still be able to respond to the Census online or by mail without your Census ID.
- Households that do not receive mail at their houses [i.e. households that get their mail at the post office] will have their Invitation to Respond AND a Paper Questionnaire hand-delivered to their houses by a census worker between March 12 and March 20.
In addition to the Invitation to Respond, you may also receive:
- A reminder letter – March 16 – 24
- A reminder postcard – March 26 – April 3
- A reminder letter AND Paper Questionnaire – April 8 – 16
- An “It’s not too late” postcard – April 20 – 27
- NOTE: Census Takers will begin visiting homes that have not responded online, by phone or by mail – May through July
Census takers play a critical role in the 2020 Census. In May, they will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the census to help ensure everyone is counted. These census takers are there to help, and they are legally bound to protect your information.
The best way to avoid being visited at home by a census taker, or enumerator, is to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
The 2020 Census Count will end on July 31, 2020.
It is important to know that:
- Your answers can’t be shared with anyone; not landlords, law enforcement, immigration…no one. There are NO exceptions.
- It will take about 12 minutes for the average household to respond to the census.
- Your response will ensure their community will receive its maximum amount of funding for vital state, county, municipal and social service programs until the Census is conducted again in 2030.
- The 2020 Census WILL NOT:
- Ask for your Social Security number.
- Ask for bank account or credit card numbers.
- Ask for money or donations.
- Ask for anything on behalf of a political party.
- Send EMAILS or TEXTS to request your participation in the 2020 Census
- Send EMAILS or TEXTS to confirm your response to the Census
Should you have any additional questions, please contact one of our offices or reference these helpful materials from the Census Bureau: