A national census is conducted every ten years. Data collected from the Census not only determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives but also how $675 billion dollars in federal funding is allocated annually. Its count is also used for an accurate and fair redistricting of state legislative seats, county and municipal councils, and voting districts. We encourage all Upper Gwynedd Township residents to take time to learn about the 2020 Census.
The 2020 count will be the first one to allow all households to respond online. Paper forms will still be available, and, for the first time, 1-800 numbers will be available to give responses over the phone. There are also be local job opportunities available to help with distribution of information about the Census and working towards high compliance/participation.
Please see some information below about the 2020 Census, its purpose, and why it is so important.
The 2020 Census & Confidentiality
Your census responses are safe and secure. The Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information we collect and keep it strictly confidential. The Census Bureau can only use your answers to produce statistics. In fact, every Census Bureau employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life. Your answers cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine your personal eligibility for government benefits. By law, your responses cannot be used against you. By law, your census responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), not by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and not by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The law requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential and use your responses only to produce statistics.
Steps you can take to make sure Upper Gwynedd Township & Montgomery County are not undercounted in Census 2020:
- Educate yourself! Visit www.2020census.gov. Materials are also available in 12 different languages.
- Spread the word to your family, friends, and community! Share the Township's social media posts about the Census or create your own using our hashtag #MontcoPACounts
- Work for the Census! The Census is recruiting thousands of people in various positions to assist with the 2020 Census count. Jobs pay up to $27 per hour with flexible hours and weekly pay. Find more information here.
- Complete your Census form online, on paper via mail, on the phone, or with a Census taker. There are instructions in 60 different languages on how to fill out the forms.
For more information check out the below resources:
US Census Bureau www.2020census.gov
Pennsylvania Census Info https://www.pa.gov/census/
Montgomery County, PA https://www.montcopa.org/3374/CENSUS-2020