In Our Neighborhoods
Census Takers are in our neighborhoods, visiting residential addresses that have not yet responded. YOU can help. Please inform elected officials and the county/local sheriff and police that access must be granted to properly credentialed Census Takers. It’s the law. I have attached two documents to share.
How to Identify a Census Taker
To ensure everyone is counted, census takers are visiting households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census to collect their responses in person.
Census takers will have:
- PPE Mask: All Census takers are required to wear a PPE mask.
- 2020 Census Badge: Census employees will possess an authentic work badge with logo and employee’s name.
- 2020 Census Phone: Census employees will possess an IPhone with Census logo on back.
- U.S. Census Tote Bag: Census employees will carry a tote bag with the Census logo on it.
If no one is home, census takers will leave a Notice of Visit with info on how to respond.
Access to Census Takers
Similar to process servers, all associations must admit census workers performing official business for the 2020 Census. In accordance with Section 223 of Title 13 of the U.S. Code provides that anyone who willfully neglects give free ingress and egress to a duly accredited representative of the Census Bureau may be subject to a fine of up to $500.00. The Census Bureau has also provided information to help you verify that an individual visiting your association and/or home, as the case may be, is actually a Census Bureau employee. You and your association’s security gate personnel will be able to verify a Census Bureau field representative using the following information:
- A Census Bureau field representative will always present an ID badge that includes their name, their photograph, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
- A Census Bureau field representative will be carrying an official bag with the Census Bureau logo or a laptop, and will provide a letter from the Census Bureau on official letterhead stating why they are visiting your residence or community.
- If you or your association’s security staff desires to independently verify a field representative’s status, you can enter the person’s name in the Census Bureau’s staff search.
13 U.S. Code § 223.Refusal, by owners, proprietors, etc., to assist census employees
Whoever, being the owner, proprietor, manager, superintendent, or agent of any hotel, apartment house, boarding or lodging house, tenement, or other building, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary or by any other officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof, acting under the instructions of the Secretary, to furnish the names of the occupants of such premises, or to give free ingress thereto and egress therefrom to any duly accredited representative of such Department or bureau or agency thereof, so as to permit the collection of statistics with respect to any census provided for in subchapters I and II of chapter 5 of this title, or any survey authorized by subchapter IV or V of such chapter insofar as such survey relates to any of the subjects for which censuses are provided by such subchapters I and II, including, when relevant to the census or survey being taken or made, the proper and correct enumeration of all persons having their usual place of abode in such premises, shall be fined not more than $500.
(Aug. 31, 1954, ch. 1158, 68 Stat. 1023; Pub. L. 85–207, § 17, Aug. 28, 1957, 71 Stat. 484.)
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. Watch this video to learn How to use the Census Response Rate Map.
How to Use the Response Rate Map
Census results shape the future of communities, as census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives, and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years.
So, while you keep tabs on local response rates, encourage others in your community to respond to the 2020 Census
Understanding the U.S. Census
The next census is here. Counting an increasingly diverse and growing population is a massive undertaking. It requires years of planning and the support of thousands of people.
Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. The Census Bureau depends on cross-sector collaborations with organizations and individuals to get people to participate.
The 2020 Census is important for you and your community, and you can help.
Learn more about the 2020 Census.
You may notice census takers in your neighborhood. This is a normal part of the 2020 Census preparation and data collection process. Census field representatives will also continue to collect information for the American Community Survey (ACS) and other ongoing surveys.
Ways To Respond
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
- By phone
- By mail
In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. Please watch this video guide to completing the 2020 Census Online.
Being able to respond online will make the 2020 Census easy for most people. If you don’t have access to the internet at home, there are computers at the Wellington library that can be used to fill out the 2020 Census online.
If you cannot fill out a form either online or on paper, please call (800) 354-7271. A census taker will fill out your form over the phone. Remember, for every person the census does not count in Wellington, you could be losing out on thousands of dollars of services. Click here for more information on responding to the 2020 Census.
How the Census Benefits our Community
Federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race, and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. People in your community use census data in all kinds of ways, such as these:
- Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
- Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, and these create jobs.
- Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.
- Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.
Timeline & Important Dates
- August - September 2020: Census takers will begin knocking on the doors of those who have not yet responded to the Census survey. This door to door Census push will continue through September 30.
- December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the president.
For more information about the Census, please visit the United States Census 2020 website.