Get ready, Douglas, Census Day is coming – April 1, 2020! Make sure to respond to your Census questionnaire and be counted!!

The Census is about residency not citizenship. The census questionnaire will not ask about your citizenship. If you live in the United States, regardless of your citizenship, you must be counted. All the information you provide on your census questionnaire will remain completely confidential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share your information with immigration agencies, law enforcement agencies, the IRS or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits. The Census Bureau is legally bound by strict confidentiality requirements under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.

As Census day gets closer, we would like to remind everyone why it is so important that everyone living in our community (including newborns if born on or before April 1, 2020) gets counted. Every person who does not get counted costs our community approximately $2,000 per year for the next ten years! In 2010, the City of Douglas had a 34 percent non-response to the Census, meaning we lost out on approximately $12 million dollars in funding every year for the last ten years.

Imagine what our community could do with an extra $12 million dollars every year: more money for streets improvements, housing programs, early childhood education programs, school lunch programs, Medicare Part B, special education grants, SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program), WIC (women, infants and children nutrition assistance), and so much more! Census population data is also used by businesses and real estate developers to decide where to build new factories, offices, stores, clinics and hospitals, which in turn creates jobs locally. Higher population counts could be an incentive for business and industry to invest in our City. Local governments use census data for public safety and emergency preparedness planning.

This year, it will be easier than ever to respond to your census questionnaire. You can respond online, by calling a toll-free number or by filling out a paper questionnaire. Census day is April 1, 2020. The online link for self-response will go live on March 12, 2020, as will the toll-free phone number. English proficiency is not required to participate in the Census. Language support will be provided for online response, paper questionnaire and phone response. The Douglas Complete Count Committee encourages everyone to be counted!

The Census Bureau is actively hiring in our area. If you are interested in working for the Census 2020, you may apply online at: https://2020census.gov/jobs or https://usajobs.gov.

If you have any questions about Census 2020, please contact Xenia Gonzalez at (520) 417-7385 or by email at xenia.gonzalez@douglasaz.gov.

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