The U.S. Constitution requires that a census of the population be conducted every 10 years. It’s important that every person is counted. Here’s what you need to know:
- Your participation matters: Census statistics are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts, and determine the number of seats North Carolina will get in the U.S. House of Representatives. Census data also informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be spent over the next 10 years. This money goes to schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other important programs. We’ll get our fair share only if every person is counted.
- What to Expect: Most households will receive instructions in the mail some time in March. Every household will have the option of responding to the census questionnaire by mail or phone, or (for the first time) online. If you don’t respond, you’ll begin receiving reminder letters and postcards. Those who still haven’t responded by late May should expect a knock on their door from a U.S. Census Bureau worker. (Make sure that anyone who comes to your door provides proof that they are an official government employee.) Replying early will cut down on government expenses and reduce the hassle for you.
- Confidentiality: It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to disclose or publish any census information that identifies you. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Census data can only be used for statistical purposes.
- Jobs are Available: You can help make the 2020 census a success, and earn money at the same time, by applying for a job with the U.S. Census Bureau. There are many jobs still available in Buncombe County, offering flexible hours, mileage expense reimbursement, and very competitive pay (approx. $17 per hour). You can find out more, and apply online, at 2020census.gov/jobs.