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T own N otes ot es 2020 Quarter 1 4475 Betsy Kerrison Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 • 843-768-9166 • www.kiawahisland.org Get Ready for the 2020 Census Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time the country has counted its population. The census is much more than just a headcount. The data is of paramount importance to the nation and is used in determining representation in Congress, boundaries for voting and school dis- tricts, and allocation of billions of dollars in funding for many federal programs. That's why an accurate count is so important. Important Dates March 2020—The public can begin responding to the 2020 Census. See response methods below. April 1, 2020— Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate. Response methods include: • Online response (new) www.2020census.gov • Mail-back paper response • Calls to the Census Questionnaire Assistance toll- free hotline (844-330-2020) • Responses through in-person nonresponse follow- up June 2020 through July 2020—Census takers go door to door to count people who have not responded. Census takers are Census Bureau employees and will provide proof that they are official government personnel. December 31, 2020—As required by law, the Census Bureau reports to the President of the United States the population count and the apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives to each state. 2021—Initial 2020 Census data are made available to the public on census.gov. For more information, visit www.2020census.gov or call 800-923-8282. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential. It cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics and are kept anonymous. The 2020 Census marks the first time you will have the option to respond online. By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invita- tion to participate. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. Please be aware the Census Bureau will never ask you for your Social Security number, money or donations, political affiliations, or your bank or credit card account numbers. If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate. If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. The 2020 Census will ask questions relating to: • How many people are living or at your home. • Whether the home is owned or rented. • The sex of each person in your home. • The age of each person in your home. • The race of each person in your home. • Whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin. • The relationship of each person in your home.