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Census 2020 -- Counting on You!

All about the 2020 Census. Why is it so important? What exactly is counted? How is the counting done? What about undocumented residents? Where do I file? How do I file?

Starting March 12th

Fill out your census questions online at https://my2020census.gov

OR call in your answers. English 1-844-330-2020. Spanish 1-844-468-2020

OR use a paper form and reply through the mail.

What is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. 

In 2020, the United States Census will be conducted primarily online for the first time. The results will allocate billions of dollars in federal funding to local communities over the next decade, including more than $1 billion to libraries. Census data also determine representation in Congress and state and local governments and are widely used by researchers, businesses, and other organizations (including to plan for library services).

To help achieve a fair, accurate, and complete count the Keene Public Library is:

  • Providing internet access so residents can respond online, starting on March 12 (residents can also opt to respond by phone or mail);
  • Providing internet access so job seekers can apply online for 500,000 temporary Census jobs;
  • Informing the public about the 2020 Census, options for responding, and how to avoid misinformation and scams; and
  • Partnering with local leaders to help reach communities at risk of being undercounted.

Please note that library staff are unable to help residents fill out census forms or job applications.

  • FAQs

    1. What is the 2020 Census?

    The 2020 census counts every person living in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and 5 U.S. territories.

    2. What happens on Census Day, April 1, 2020?

    By April 1, 2020, all households should complete and submit their census data.

    3. How long is the form?

    The form is 10 questions and will take about 20 minutes to complete, depending on how many people reside at your address.

    4. How do I fill out the form for my household? Who do I count?

    If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time. If someone is staying in your home on April 1 and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 Census.

    Do not count anyone living away from your home, such as a college student, member of the Armed Forces, nursing home resident, jail, prison and detention facility. Leave these people off your questionnaire even if they will return to live at your house in the future.

    Click here for more information about who to count.

    5. How do I submit the form?

    You can answer the questions via the Internet and submit the form online. OR you can call in your answers. OR put the paper form with your answers in the U.S. mail.

    6. Will I be asked about my citizenship status?

    NO. On July 2, 2019, the federal government decided to eliminate the citizenship question from the 2020 Census.

    7. Is it against the law to ignore the census form?

    Yes, participation in the U.S. Census is required by law in Title 13 of the United States Code.

    8. Will my data be kept private?

    Yes, the U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. Law-enforcement agencies are prohibited, by law, from receiving any personally identifiable information from your census questionnaire.

    9. Why is the Census Bureau asking for my telephone number?

    Phone numbers are used by the Census Bureau to contact you with follow up questions if necessary.  Census forms returned without a phone number are more likely to be flagged for a follow-up visit from a census worker. Phone numbers were also a question on the 2010 census form.

    10. The only options for the question about sex are male or female. Why isn't there a non-binary option?

    At the Census Bureau, the sex question wording very specifically intends to capture a person's biological sex and not gender. For transgender, non-binary, or gender-nonconforming individuals, the National LGBTQ Taskforce recommends, “you can self-identify here in the way that feels most comfortable to you".  For more information see The National LGBTQ Task Force's Guide to the 2020 Census.

    11. How can I avoid fraud and scams?

    The U.S. Census Bureau NEVER asks for your social security number, your bank account or credit card numbers, money or donations. AARP has a page of tips on how to avoid census fraud and how to report suspected fraud.

    12. How do I identify an official census worker in person or over the phone?

    Census workers must present an ID badge that includes their photo, the U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and the expiration date. You can use the Census Bureau's Staff Search page or contact the New Hampshire regional office for assistance.

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