The United States Census is Coming April 2020

In April 2020, the community will have the opportunity to shape the future of Aurora by participating in the U.S. Census. Aurora Public Schools is working with the city, county, state, federal and community partnerships to ensure a complete, fair and accurate count of all Coloradans.The census is conducted every 10 years and is mandated by the U. S. Constitution.

The purpose of the census is to count every person living in the United States. The results of the census determine your congressional representation as well as federal funding for states and communities.

Your data helps your school

The census helps our country provide fair education to all of our students. It is used to:

  • determine where Title 1 grants go, which helps schools in serving students from low-income families
  • assign Special Education grants to states
  • fund the National School Lunch programs
  • provide grants to improve teacher quality and preschool programs
  • determine how to best meet the needs of students in a community

A complete and accurate census count is essential for Aurora and the well-being of our community.

Participating in the Census

You can submit your responses to the census in several ways, such as:

  1. through a secure internet response form
  2. through a phone call
  3. by mail
  4. or by an in-person interview, which will be conducted by a numerator who visits your home

Learn more about the 2020 Census at http://auroracensus2020.org/.


Census 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Census?

A: The Census is a head count of everyone residing in the United States on April 1, 2020. It has been mandated by the U.S. Constitution (Article 1, Section 2) since 1790 and it occurs every 10 years. The Census counts people of all ages, race, and ethnic groups. Population totals from the decennial Census determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives; the totals are also used to redraw federal and state legislative districts. The Census population counts are used to determine the allocation of federal dollars to states, cities and counties, and to help citizens and policy makers understand demographic, economic, and geographic trends needed to inform critical business decisions.

Q: When is Census 2020?

A: Census Day is April 1, 2020 but the online tool will start accepting responses in mid-March. Some other programs will be starting in March as well.

Q: How can I respond to the Census?

A: In 2020 you can respond to the census online (using a computer or a smart phone), over the telephone, or by submitting a paper form. In March 2020, approximately 82% of housing units will receive an invitation letter to complete the Census; 8% will receive a packet containing the invitation letter and a paper form; the remaining 10% of housing units will have the invitation letter hand delivered by a Census Enumerator. You can see how your area will be invited to complete by using the Census Contact Strategies map. The 2020 Census provides people with a URL so they can complete the census online, a toll-free telephone number if they want to call in their responses, and an address to request a paper form.

Q: What questions are asked on the Census?

A: The Census form asks 10 questions about each person in a household:

  1. Name
  2. Phone Number
  3. Age and Birth Date
  4. Sex
  5. Hispanic Origin
  6. Race
  7. Relationship to Householder
  8. Household Tenure/Ownership
  9. Number of Persons in Household
  10. Additional Residence Location

The Census Bureau estimates that it will take ten minutes per person in a household to complete the Census form.

Q: What does the Census form look like?

A: In 2020 the Census form will be available online or on a paper form. An example of the paper form is available here.

Q: Will the Census form be available in multiple languages?

A: Yes. The online version of the Census form will be available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese. The Census Bureau will provide video and print language guides, language glossaries, and language identification cards in a total of 59 non-English languages. Access the Language Guides here.

Q: Is there a question asking about citizenship?

A: No. A citizenship question was proposed for the 2020 Census form, but the U.S. Supreme Court rejected it on June 26, 2019. On July 12, 2019 the Trump Administration decided to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census form. The 2020 Census form will not include any questions asking about the citizenship status of household members.

Q: How can I tell if a Census mailing is authentic?

A: The initial mailings for the 2020 Census will begin in March, 2020. However, the Census Bureau conducts multiple surveys every year. To confirm the authenticity of a Census mailing, please check the links below:

Q: Will a Census worker come to my door?

A: In most cases, no. The Census Bureau will send out multiple notices encouraging people to submit their Census form online, via telephone, or through the mail. Some Census Bureau mailings will include the Census form. Census workers will only visit those addresses that did not respond to a previous mailing.

Q: How will I know that someone is from the Census Bureau?

A: All Census workers carry official government badges marked with their name. You can ask them for a picture ID from another source to confirm their identity. If you are still not certain about an enumerator’s identity, you can call the Denver Regional Census Center at *1-800-852-6159* (toll-free) to confirm that an individual is employed by the Census Bureau.

Q: Who should be counted?

A: All residents living at an address as of April 1, 2020 should be counted. This includes family members, all children born on or before April 1, 2020, grandparents, and other, non-related persons living at an address.

Q: What about college students? What about people in other places?

A: College students living in a dormitory on April 1, 2020 will be counted at their dormitory. People living in prisons, people living in shelters, people in the military, or people living in other group quarters will be counted where they live. College students living in off campus housing should be counted at the off campus housing if that is where they live most of the time. You can find fact sheets describing census residence criteria on the Census 2020 Fact Sheets page.

Q: Do I have to enter a census ID number?

A: The census invitation card will contain a census ID number linked to the address of your housing unit. The Census form will ask you to enter the census ID number or your address. You can enter either to verify your location and ensure that no one else has completed your Census form.

Q: Are my census responses private?

A: Yes. Federal law prohibits the Census Bureau from using the information it collects for anything but statistical purposes. The Census Bureau releases aggregated data, i.e., information about the people living in a defined area, not individual person level data. The privacy of your responses is guaranteed by law. The form does not ask for your Social Security number, bank account information or financial assets. Name and address are asked only to ensure that each person is counted once where they live.

Q: Will my individual responses be reported to another government agency?

A: No. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondent answers with the FBI, the CIA, ICE or even the Present of the United States.

Q: Can I help a neighbor complete their Census form?

A: A key principle for the 2020 Census is the Census Bureau’s obligation to protect the confidentiality of the public’s answers to the census. Helping a person who is not part of your household complete their Census form violates this promise of confidentiality. You can help your neighbors connect to the Census Bureau online page or help them call the census toll-free number listed on their census invitation letter or postcard. However, responses to the census should be kept confidential.

Q: What if I choose not to answer a question? Will the Census Bureau follow up?

A: The accuracy of the census depends on everyone providing accurate answers to all of the questions on the Census form. If you decide not to answer a question the Census Bureau may follow up with you as part of its quality control process. The Census Bureau's Nonresponse Follow Up program (NRFU) will send a census enumerator out to addresses that have not submitted a Census form, but there are no plans to contact all addresses that skip questions.

Q: When will the Census counts be released?

A: Counts for reapportionment must be delivered to the President of the United States by December 31, 2020. Counts will be released to the states for redistricting purposes by April 1, 2021. More detailed counts will be released beginning in 2022.

Q: What resources is the State of Colorado committing to the Census?

A: Data collection and management of the census is a federal responsibility. The State of Colorado's role in the census is updating and verifying address information and promoting the census. In Fiscal Year 2020, the Colorado State Demography Office will have funds to provide promotional materials describing the census to communities and other organizations. 

Q: What if I have questions later?

A: If you have additional questions, please call the Regional Census Center at 1-800-852-6159 (toll-free) or visit https://www.census.gov/about/regions/denver.html