The U.S. Census is here: Please respond, West Des Moines!
The U.S. Census Bureau is mailing invitations to all Americans to complete the 2020 Census. You can respond by phone, by mail or for the first time in Census history, you can respond online!
It’s important for all West Des Moines residents to be counted so that we have a chance to receive the funding and resources we need as a rapidly growing city. All the information you share is confidential, and the data that is gathered will help determine how approximately $675 billion in federal funding flows into states and communities each year.
Because the Census is so important, everyone is required by law to respond. And while you are required to participate, the Census Bureau also is required by law to protect your answers. Your responses are used only to produce statistics. No personal information is disclosed by the Census Bureau.
The data collected is used by lawmakers to make decisions about who receives federal funding for our schools, hospitals, fire departments and roads.
Census results also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and how congressional and state legislative districts are defined.
By April 1, all homes in the United States will receive an invitation to participate. It’s easier than ever to answer questions and share basic facts about your household now that you can respond online. Once you receive your invitation, go to the website that is listed and enter your Census ID that is printed on your invitation.
If you don’t respond online or mail a completed copy of the form (which you will receive if you don't respond online), a census taker will knock on your door and ask you to answer each question so that a completed questionnaire can be recorded for your household.
The Census will ask you:
- How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020
- Your phone number
- Whether the home is owned or rented
- The sex, age and race of each person living in your home
- The relationship of each person in your home
- Whether anyone in your home is of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin.
The Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Your Social Security number
- Money or donations
- Anything on behalf of a political party
- Your bank or credit card account numbers
The Census Bureau also will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census.
If someone visits your home to collect a response, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge that features their photograph, a U.S. Dept. of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.
So please, tell your family and encourage your friends, neighbors and coworkers to participate. The Census truly is a patriotic duty that helps the federal government meet the needs of our communities.
The Census is here, it’s safe and it’s important everyone in West Des Moines is counted!