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The U.S. Constitution mandates that every person be counted every 10 years. Open Buffalo is proud to support Census 2020 and encourages everyone to be counted once, only once, and in the right place.
BE COUNTED IN 2020!
By mid-March 2020, households will begin receiving information by mail that will either ask receipients to complete the census online, or to complete by completing a simple form and returning by mail.
Door-to-door surveys, done by enumerators, will beging by May 1, 2020 for only those households that have NOT yet completed the census online or by return mail.
Facts about the Census:
The first census was conducted in 1790.
Taking part is a civic duty and mandatory - it's a way to participate in our democracy and say "I COUNT!"
Census data are used to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
Data is privacy protected - by law. It is illegal for the Census Bureau to publicly release any personal information that could identify you or your household. It can only be produced for the purpose of gathering statistical information.
The results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives determining how many seats each state gets.
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 vital other programs.
After each census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.