Grand Junction is preparing for the 2020 Census!
April 1, 2020 is officially Census Day when the country will count every person residing in the United States. Grand Junction is starting preparation now in order to develop a strategy to ensure all residents, regardless of age, gender, face, ethnicity, immigration status, all know what the Census is, how their data is protected, and why it is so critical for all Grand Junction residents to participate.
Are you curious about how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census? Stay up to date with a map of self-response rates from across the United States. Start here.
The Census is important. Once every decade, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population to county everyone in the United States and record basic information about them. Our nation's founders believed these data were so important that they mandated the decennial census in the Constitution.
The Census is easy and convenient. In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online and by phone, but you can still respond by mail if you prefer.
The Census is confidential and secure. Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual or business.
Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents' information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other agency) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.
The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank or credit card account numbers, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
To make sure you and your community are counted, learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting www.2020census.gov.
Participate In the Census
The Census is for everyone and counts people of all ages, races and ethnic groups in order to allocate funds and guide decision-making at local, state and federal levels. Participation is safe, easy, and confidential and is provided in multiple languages. You can participate online via computer, tablet, or phone.
Complete Count Committee
The Complete Count Committee helps to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. The members of the committee will serve as local Census Ambassadors to ensure that all residents of Grand Junction are counted.