2020 Census Maryland
The Literacy Council is actively participating as a member of Frederick County’s Census 2020 Complete Count Committee to help share resources and get the word out to our networks about this critical process which begins this month.
Literacy Council volunteers, tutors, and class facilitators, WE NEED YOUR HELP as a trusted resource with your students. You can be an important advocate about why it is critical for everyone in our community to complete the 2020 Census.
The first announcement was mailed to everyone on March 12th, so please talk with your student(s) about the Census which they should now have received in the mail. Help them to understand WHY it is important, HOW they can complete it, and WHERE they can find information to answer any questions.
*You can help your student complete a practice census Form. No information will be stored or sent to the Census Bureau. This practice form is in English, however; the official census forms will be offered in 12 languages. Please let your student know that this form is practice only, and they will also have to fill out the official census form.
Census Frederick County Information:
The following information is summarized from Census.Maryland.gov
The Census is IMPORTANT
Census data is used to determine the level of funding for programs such as SNAP/WIC, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and highway and transportation projects.
- Every year the federal government allocates more than $675 billion in funding based on census data.
- Every Marylander not counted costs the state approximately $18,250 over 10 years – which equates to our state losing $26.6 billion.
Completing your census form ensures Maryland families, neighbors and communities receive the support they need to live, work, play and grow.
The Census is EASY
Filling out your census form can be done in three ways – by mail, phone and online.
Answering the demographic questions in the census helps make sure your community receives its fair share of funding and that economic development and planning decisions accurately reflect your community on April 1, 2020.
Some important facts to remember. Don’t forget:
- College students should be counted at their college address, either on our off campus. They should be counted at their parents’ homes only if they live and sleep there.
- All children must be counted including those under five years old.
The Census is SAFE
The U.S. Census Bureau must keep all information confidential, including a resident’s citizenship, income and other sensitive personal data.
- Data is collected for statistical purposes only and personal data is never disclosed.
- All census information is private and protected by law in title 13 of the U.S. Code with violations punishable up to five years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine.
So choose the way you will be counted – by mail, by phone or online.
Information in multiple additional languages is available on the U.S. Census website (select y our language from the home page): https://2020census.gov/en.html