Update 3/31 – The Census is Still On – Some Timelines are Extended.
- Everyone will now be able to respond to the census online, on the phone and by paper through August 14, 2020.
- The Non-Response Follow Up (door-knocking) timeline has been pushed back to May 27 – August 14.
3/19 – What is the US Census?
The Census is a count mandated by Article 1, Section 2, of the US Constitution to count everyone who lives in the United States every 10 years, not just US citizens, but everyone who lives here. It is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
Why is it important to you, Denver, and Colorado?
You count, so get Counted!
The census provides critical data used by federal and state lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. We expect that Colorado may receive an additional congressional seat, or two (depending on how many people we have gained since 2010)!
How is your privacy protected?
The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.
The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.
Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home.