What is the Census?
The census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories every ten years. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
Please help us spread the word and make sure the City of Kaukauna gets an accurate count!
When it’s time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. Watch your mail between March 12th and 20th for your invitation to respond online (some household will also receive paper questionnaires). April 1st is Census Day. Please respond by this date!
The 2020 Census Confidentiality
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics – they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential. Click here for more information on 2020 Census confidentiality.
Wondering what questions you will have to answer? Check out this 2020 sample questionnaire so you can be prepared when filling out the survey.
How do you count young children? An estimated 5 percent of kids under the age of 5 weren’t counted in the 2010 Census. That’s about 1 million young children, the highest of any age group. We need your help closing this gap in the 2020 Census. Check out this PDF for details.
Having troubles signing into the respondent portal?
Watch this video from the Census Bureau for a step-by-step walk through.
Read below for some quick facts about the 2020 Census – source U.S. Census Bureau.
Everyone Counts – The Census counts every person living in the United States once, only once, and in the right place.
It’s about fair representation – Every 10 years, the results of the Census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
It’s in the Constitution – The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first Census was in 1790.
It’s about $675 billion – The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on Census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs.
It’s about redistricting – After each decade’s Census, state officials redraw boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
Taking part is your civic duty – Completing the Census is mandatory: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”
Census data are being used all around you – Residents use the Census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy. Businesses use Census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, which create jobs. Local governments use the Census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Real Estate developers use the Census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.
Your privacy is protected – It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics.
You can help – You are the expert. We need your ideas on the best way to make sure everyone in our community gets counted.
2020 will be easier than ever – In 2020, you can respond to the Census online.