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Census 2020

Learn more about why you and others should fill out the 2020 Census!

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Why We Have a Census...

  • Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future.
  • Responding fulfills your civic duty because it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
  • Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Your responses determine where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads, and more.
  • Completing the Census is an important way to participate in our democracy and say “I Count!”

Results from the 2020 Census will be used to:

  • Direct billions in federal funds to local communities, like Newcastle for schools, roads and other public services. 
  • Help the City of Newcastle prepare to meet transportation and emergency readiness needs. 
  • Determine the number of seats Oklahoma has in the U.S. House of Representatives and your political representation at all levels of government.

How about privacy and how this information is used?

  • By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.
  • Your Census survey answers are used to gather useful information about your community. No one is able to trace your survey answers back to you.
  • The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements.