Once every decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States. The Founding Fathers changed history in 1790 when they created a decennial census that focused on representation. It constitutionally mandates the count of our population and households.
The next Census begins in early 2020.
Census 2020 is Ohio’s chance to make sure that every individual is counted and has a voice. This opportunity to count the population only comes once every decade and shapes how Ohio will budget and operate for the next 10 years. The success of the Census depends on everyone’s participation.
It’s easy: the Census asks you questions about you such as your name and birthday. It typically takes around 10 minutes to complete.
It’s safe: all Census responses are kept confidential and cannot be shared - even with law enforcement.
It’s important: it determines the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding to local communities like yours.
This population count is the basis for redistricting and reapportioning the number of representatives in U.S. Congress.
It guides where new schools and hospitals are needed and where to add public safety resources. Businesses use Census data to decide where to build local factories, offices, and stores. Real estate developers and city planners use the information to plan homes and improve neighborhoods.
The Census is easy, safe and important. The result of this count multiplies every year, since following estimates are based on the original Census count.
Let’s make sure every Ohioan is counted.