US 2020 Census

It's Census Time, Geauga County! Visit 2020Census.gov to Complete Yours.

County Commissioners Establish the Geauga County Complete Count Committee

On December 10, 2019, the Geauga County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to form the Geauga County Complete Count Committee, which marks a very important moment for Geauga County residents. Ensuring everyone is counted once, and only once, and in the right place is the hallmark of the 2020 Decennial Census. Census data is what helps to drive over $675 billion dollars in federal funding every year, for the next ten years. That is funding for our roads, bridges and infrastructure, our Congressional districts and voting boundaries; programs for infants through seniors; and services we all rely upon, such as our police, EMS, and fire to name a few. Census data is what business leaders rely upon to determine if they should stay, go, or grow. It is a great testament to the residents of Geauga County of their importance by county government and ensure the most complete and accurate count for Geauga County.

Geauga County, Ohio Complete Count Committee

Be Census Takers

United States Census 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the decennial census?
Every ten 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.
Why is it important to me?
Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:
  • Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.
  • Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.
  • Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives.
When will I complete the census?
The next census will take place in 2020. Beginning in mid-March, people will receive a notice in the mail to complete the 2020 Census. Once you receive it, you can respond online. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that haven’t responded to the census.
How can I respond?
In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer. Responding should take less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee.
What information will be requested?
The decennial census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020.
What information will not be requested?
The Census Bureau will never ask for:
  • Social Security numbers
  • Bank or credit card account numbers.
  • Money or donations.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
Will my information be kept confidential?
Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.
 
The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
Where can I go to learn more?
You can learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting 2020census.gov.

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