The 2020 Census: Why it matters

In 2020, our nation will conduct the once-a-decade Census with the goal to count every person living in the United States once, only once and in the right place. Everyone matters and responding to the Census helps communities get their fair share of federal funding. Census data guides how more than $675 billion in funding gets distributed to states and communities each year and helps communities create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies, and build schools, roads and hospitals. The Census also helps determine how many seats a state receives in Congress and state and local governments use the data to redraw boundaries for congressional districts, state legislative districts and school districts, adapting to population shifts.

The 2020 Census is easy, safe and important. Responding is easier than ever since for the first time, people will be able to respond to the Census online. It asks just a few questions and takes a few minutes to respond. Your responses are safe, secure, confidential and protected by law. If you respond online, your answers are encrypted to protect your privacy and are safe from hacking and other cyber threats. If you don’t have Internet access, people can respond by phone or by mail.

Conducting the Census is a massive undertaking and requires years of planning with the support of thousands of people. As the 2020 Census approaches, our success will rely on everyone’s participation in every community. The opportunities will come through temporary jobs nationwide for multiple positions. We have jobs available in Southern Arizona you can apply on 2020census.gov/jobs or USAjobs.gov.

Census outreach also consists of building relationships in the community where Area Census Offices are located. For the past several months, the Census has garnered support from local communities, governments and school districts throughout Southern Arizona community.

To obtain more information about the upcoming 2020 Census and how you can become involved, please visit www.2020census.gov.

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