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The 2020 Census determines how $675 million in federal funding will be distributed across neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country. That means for every Pennsylvanian who completes the Census brings about $2,000 into our state. Making sure that every person is accurately counted in the Census assures that funds will be available for community grants, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The Census also determines electoral districts at the local, state, and federal levels for the next 10 years.
Filling out the 2020 Census has never been easier. In about 10 minutes, the Census can be completed online at my2020census.gov, by phone, or by mail.
Data collected by the Census is extremely valuable and strong security measures are employed to keep that data safe. When completing the Census, make sure that you are giving your information to the right people. If you are asked for your social security number (SSN), bank or credit card information, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party you should be highly suspicious.
Census day is April 1, 2020, when all mail invitations to the Census have been distributed. All 2020 Census activity is scheduled to be completed by July 31, 2020. With the COVID-19 pandemic effecting the everyday lives of all Americans, it is encouraged that all Pennsylvanians complete the census from their homes online, by mail, or by phone to prevent the need for Census takers to go door to door.
For more information about the 2020 Census in Pennsylvania, visit pa.gov/census
State and Federal Resources:
2020 Pennsylvania Census
- Website: pa.gov/census
- 2010 Census Data Insights
- PA had an 81.8% response rate in during the 2010 Census
- The 2010 Census showed that from 2000 to 2010 the population in Pennsylvania increased from 12,276,117 to 12,702,379 people
- PA 2020 Census Social Media Toolkit (per Governor’s office)
- 2020 Census posters and flyers for office and community use
- Website: my2020census.gov
- Frequently asked census questions:
- Am I required to respond to the 2020 Census? YES
- Are my answers confidential and private? YES
- Who should complete the 2020 Census questionnaire? HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD WHO OWNS OR RENTS A HOME OR DWELLING
- More on my2020census.gov
- Importance of Accurate Census Data at the Federal Level
- Federal Funding
- Business Decisions
- Available language assistance
- English: 844-330-2020
- Spanish: 844-468-2020
- Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
- Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
- For information on services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: Call the TDD number at 844-467-2020.
- Reporting scams or fraud related to the Census:
- If you receive an email or are sent a URL to respond to the census, make sure the website address begins with “HTTPS” and includes a lock symbol. If you receive a suspicious email or URL link, do not reply, click links, or open attachments. Forward the email to the U.S. Census Bureau at email@example.com and then delete it. The U.S. Census Bureau will investigate and report their findings to you.
- Call 844-330-2020 to speak with a Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact your local police department.
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