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Census 2020 - Shape Louisiana's Future

 

What is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

 

Every Louisianan should stand up and be counted in the 2020 Census. Your participation is vital because it will give us the best look at our population, which allows us to make decisions that best serve the people of our state, determine how we are represented in Congress and be in the best possible shape to receive our share of federal resources.
- Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards

Why We Conduct This Count

  • The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

  • The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

  • It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.

 

Conducting the Count

The 2020 Census is a massive undertaking. It requires counting a diverse and growing population in the United States and the five U.S. territories. To do this, the U.S. Census Bureau must:

  • Make an accurate list of every residence in the U.S. and five U.S. territories—including houses, apartments, dormitories, military barracks, and more.
  • Get a member of every residence to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail in March and April of 2020.
  • Follow up in person with homes that have not responded.

 

Sample Census Letter
Sample Census 2020 Invitation Letter

 

How to Respond

In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. Once you receive that invitation, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail.

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:

  • Online.
  • By phone.
  • By mail.

2020 Census Jobs

It's not too late to apply for a temporary part-time position with the 2020 Census. Apply to earn extra income and help your community.

  • Competitive Wages
    Could you use extra income? Jobs for the 2020 Census offer competitive wages that are paid weekly. Authorized expenses, such as mileage, are reimbursed for employees doing fieldwork.

  • Support Your Community
    Census results are used to determine your representation in Congress, and they help inform how billions of dollars are distributed for hospitals, schools, roads, and more. Help ensure that everyone in your community is counted in the 2020 Census.

  • Fit Your Schedule
    Temporary positions for the 2020 Census feature flexible hours—a perfect fit if you are looking to earn extra money, even if you already have other commitments.

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