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2020 Census

Online Census Submissions Begin March 12th

Once a decade, the United States Census engages in an enormous undertaking to count every person in the country. Since 2010, Eagle Mountain City is estimated to have nearly doubled in population. Confirming these estimates can affect the residents of Eagle Mountain in many ways discussed below. With the ability now to complete the Census online, counting everyone is easier than ever. We hope you will help us shape the future of Eagle Mountain City by taking a few minutes to respond to the Census.

 

How does the 2020 Census affect me?

 

Economic Development

Each of us has a favorite store, restaurant, or other business that we wish had a location here in Eagle Mountain. Since many businesses locate based on population and drive-times, we can help business owners make that decision by responding to the Census. Responding to the Census also shows future large employers we have the population to support their workforce needs.

Representation

Apportionment is the process built into the Constitution to allocate representatives to the States by population. After seeing high growth for the past ten years, Utah has the potential to gain a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Other bodies such as school boards also base representation on population. You have the opportunity to bring representation closer to home.

Project & Program Funding

Data showing significant growth in an area can affect the funding priorities of County and State infrastructure projects. Additional funds from State and Federal sources are also affected by population. These funds support numerous programs, community services, and so forth right here in Eagle Mountain. Every person that does not respond to the Census can cost the State or our community over $1,000 in lost funds.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the U.S. Census?

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.


How do I Respond to the U.S. Census?

The 2020 count will be the first one to allow all U.S. households to respond online. Paper forms will still be available, and, for the first time, you can call 1-800 numbers to give responses over the phone. Census workers will make home visits to remote areas — including rural Alaska, parts of northern Maine and some American Indian reservations — to gather census information in person. Households in the rest of the U.S. that do not respond themselves by early April may start receiving visits from door knockers trained to conduct census interviews and collect responses using smartphones.


When does the Census Begin and End?

Below is a summarized timeline of Census 2020 actions for next year.

January 21: The U.S. Census Bureau starts counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially begins in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.

March 12 – 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.

March 30 – April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.

April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.

May – July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.


Who Should I Count?

Please see the following information sheet on who to count in your home when responding to the Census: Go to Information Sheet

In the event you still do not know if someone in your household should be included in your response, include them. The U.S. Census has trained teams prepared to sort through all of the information and remove duplicates as necessary. So even if someone gets counted twice, it will be corrected in the following months.


What about Family temporarily living away from Home?

Please see the following information sheet on who to count in your home when responding to the Census: Go to Information Sheet

In the event you still do not know if someone in your household should be included in your response, include them. The U.S. Census has trained teams prepared to sort through all of the information and remove duplicates as necessary. So even if someone gets counted twice, it will be corrected in the following months.


Why does the Census really matter?

The census is required by the Constitution, which has called for an “actual enumeration” once a decade since 1790. The 2020 population numbers will shape how political power and federal tax dollars are shared in the U.S over the next 10 years. The number of congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets are determined by census numbers. They also guide how an estimated $880 billion a year in federal funding is distributed for schools, roads and other public services in local communities. The demographic data are used by businesses to determine, for example, where to build new supermarkets and by emergency responders to locate injured people after natural disasters.


Will my Information be Shared?

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.

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.

How will my Information be Protected?

The Census Bureau takes strong precautions to keep online responses secure. All data submitted online are encrypted to protect personal privacy, and our cybersecurity program meets the highest and most recent standards for protecting personal information. Once the data are received, they are no longer online. From the moment the Census Bureau collects responses, its focus and legal obligation is to keep them safe.


How long will it take to Complete the Census?

This depends on how large your family is and if there are any special circumstances to consider. Generally, the 9-question Census Questionnaire will take only five minutes on average to complete.


Does the Census ask about Citizenship?

The Census Questionnaire does NOT include a question about citizenship.


What Questions does the Census Ask?

Most of the questions will be similar to what census forms have asked for in recent counts:

  • The number of people living or staying in a home on April 1, 2020.
  • Whether the home is owned with or without a mortgage, rented or occupied without rent.
  • A phone number for a person in the home.
  • The name, sex, age, date of birth and race of each person in the home.
  • Whether each person is of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin.
  • The relationship of each person to a central person in the home.

Can I Refuse to answer a Census Question?

You can skip questions, submit an incomplete census form, and still be included in the head count. But you can be fined for refusing to answer a census question or intentionally giving a false answer, although the penalty has been enforced rarely in the past. Returning a partially filled-out questionnaire may result in a follow-up phone call or visit from a census worker.


What if English is not my Primary Language?

Online Census responses can be completed in 12 non-english languages, and assistance is provided in 12 non-english languages as well. Language Guides from the U.S. Census are prepared in 59 non-english languages. Bilingual mailing materials and questionnaires will be sent to addresses in Spanish-speaking bilingual tracts. Language Guides can be accessed through THIS LINK.


Why does the Census ask for Personal Information?

The Census collects some personal information as a means to verify identity. Accuracy is critical for the Census, and without having a means to identify those responding, the Census would have now way to ensure people are not being double counted or even know if they actually have a complete count. Furthermore, since it is a legal responsibility of residents to respond to the Census (13 U.S. Code § 221), there must be a way to verify citizens have completed that legal responsibility. The Census has prepared extensive measures to keep your information secure and private, and your name and other personal information will never be released, even to other government agencies; by law the Census is forbidden to do so.