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.