Temple City Urges Resident Participation in 2020 Census
Residents encouraged to submit census responses online, by phone or by mail by July 31.
TEMPLE CITY, CA (Feb. 12, 2020)—Last held in 2010, the decennial population count, or census, is key to ensuring local communities across the country receive adequate funding from the federal government.
With the 2020 census fast approaching, Temple City Mayor Nanette Fish is encouraging all residents to participate by completing the ten-question survey distributed by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The census is conducted every 10 years, with the data collected during each census period determining funding amounts for early childhood education programs, infrastructure improvements and much more.
The data collected is also used to determine California’s apportionment in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“The information our residents provide to the Census Bureau will help to ensure critical federal funding for important programs that truly make an impact in our community,” Fish said, noting funding could be used to subsidize senior meals and provide recreational scholarships to children participating in city programming, among other causes.
Temple City households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail on March 12, with an invitation to complete the short survey online, by phone or by mail. This year marks the first time residents will be able to submit census responses online.
All homes will have received information about the census by April 1, which is nationally known as Census Day. Responses are required by law; failure to respond will result in a reminder by mail in April, along with a paper questionnaire that can be completed and mailed back.
Beginning in May, Census Bureau representatives will begin visiting households that have not responded. The last day for residents to submit a response is July 31.
By law, responses to the census questionnaire cannot be shared with any other agency or person. All responses are confidential and protected under Title 13, which makes it illegal for census data to be used for immigration regulation or other law enforcement.
After collecting and aggregating the population data, the Census Bureau will disseminate the results to the president and Congress in December.
For more information, visit 2020census.gov — which provides information in 12 non-English languages, with certain items available in 59 non-English languages — or contact the Census Bureau’s Call Center at 800-923-8282.
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