Learn More about Census 2020

» What is Census 2020
The U.S. Constitution requires a count every 10 years of every person living in the United States.This count determines how the federal government allocates more than $800 billion each year for services that communities rely on, like Head Start, food assistance, and the Library Services and Technology Act. Census data also determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College, as well as in state and local governments.

» Everyone Counts
It’s important to count everyone, including infants, students, non-native people, indigenous people and people experiencing homelessness. For every person not counted in Chattanooga, we lose $1,091 of federal funding per year.

The U.S. Census Bureau has instruction guides in 50 different languages, as well as braille and large print. 

» How to Take the Census
Online: For the first time ever, you can take the complete census online, and in 13 different languages! 

Mail: By mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with instructions, followed by your household’s census form starting in April 1. 

Phone: If you need more help, you can call the official census Bureau at 844-330-2020 and talk to a census taker in 59 different languages. 

» The Census is Confidential / El Censo es Confidencial
By law, your information is confidential. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. The law is found in Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Anyone who violates this law faces severe penalties.

Por ley su información es confidencial. Sus respuestas no pueden ser usadas en su contra por ninguna agencia gubernamental o tribunal. La ley está en el Título 13 del Código de E.E. U.U. Cualquiera que viola esta ley enfrenta castigos severos. 

» Count on Libraries!
Starting April 1, we will have trained staff ready to answer your questions and computers and WiFi ready for you to complete your census. 

We’re also making Census 2020 fun! Join us at one of the locations below for information, refreshments, computers and WiFi access, plus, participate in a Silent Disco once you’ve completed your census form.

March 25 @ Chattanooga State Community College
11 am – 1 pm
April 4 @ Our Avondale Branch in the YFD Center
4 pm – 6 pm
April 18 @ East Lake’s Book Fiesta
1 pm – 4 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

What questions does the census ask?
The census asks how many people are in your household and whether the home is owned or rented. You’ll be asked to count the number of people, including babies and people who may not have a permanent address, who are living or staying in your home. You’ll be asked to answer questions about age, race or ethnic identity, and relationships of people living at your address to you.

How long will it take to fill out?
The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete. Can I refuse to answer a question? You can skip questions, submit an incomplete census form and still be included in the head count. Returning a partially filled-out questionnaire may result in a follow-up phone call or visit from a census worker.

Will I be asked about my citizenship or immigration status?
No. The 2020 Census will not include a question about citizenship. It is important that you complete the census regardless of your immigration status. Everyone deserves to be counted, and your information will be kept confidential.

Please also know that the Census Bureau will never ask you for:
  • Your Social Security number
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers

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» What is Census 2020
The U.S. Constitution requires a count every 10 years of every person living in the United States.This count determines how the federal government allocates more than $800 billion each year for services that communities rely on, like Head Start, food assistance, and the Library Services and Technology Act. Census data also determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College, as well as in state and local governments.

» Everyone Counts
It’s important to count everyone, including infants, students, non-native people, indigenous people and people experiencing homelessness. For every person not counted in Chattanooga, we lose $1,091 of federal funding per year.

The U.S. Census Bureau has instruction guides in 50 different languages, as well as braille and large print. 

» How to Take the Census
Online: For the first time ever, you can take the complete census online, and in 13 different languages! 

Mail: By mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with instructions, followed by your household’s census form starting in April 1. 

Phone: If you need more help, you can call the official census Bureau at 844-330-2020 and talk to a census taker in 59 different languages. 

» The Census is Confidential / El Censo es Confidencial
By law, your information is confidential. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. The law is found in Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Anyone who violates this law faces severe penalties.

Por ley su información es confidencial. Sus respuestas no pueden ser usadas en su contra por ninguna agencia gubernamental o tribunal. La ley está en el Título 13 del Código de E.E. U.U. Cualquiera que viola esta ley enfrenta castigos severos. 

» Count on Libraries!
Starting April 1, we will have trained staff ready to answer your questions and computers and WiFi ready for you to complete your census. 

We’re also making Census 2020 fun! Join us at one of the locations below for information, refreshments, computers and WiFi access, plus, participate in a Silent Disco once you’ve completed your census form.

March 25 @ Chattanooga State Community College
11 am – 1 pm
April 4 @ Our Avondale Branch in the YFD Center
4 pm – 6 pm
April 18 @ East Lake’s Book Fiesta
1 pm – 4 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

What questions does the census ask?
The census asks how many people are in your household and whether the home is owned or rented. You’ll be asked to count the number of people, including babies and people who may not have a permanent address, who are living or staying in your home. You’ll be asked to answer questions about age, race or ethnic identity, and relationships of people living at your address to you.

How long will it take to fill out?
The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete. Can I refuse to answer a question? You can skip questions, submit an incomplete census form and still be included in the head count. Returning a partially filled-out questionnaire may result in a follow-up phone call or visit from a census worker.

Will I be asked about my citizenship or immigration status?
No. The 2020 Census will not include a question about citizenship. It is important that you complete the census regardless of your immigration status. Everyone deserves to be counted, and your information will be kept confidential.

Please also know that the Census Bureau will never ask you for:
  • Your Social Security number
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers

For More Information

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Learn More About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

» What is Census 2020
The U.S. Constitution requires a count every 10 years of every person living in the United States.This count determines how the federal government allocates more than $800 billion each year for services that communities rely on, like Head Start, food assistance, and the Library Services and Technology Act. Census data also determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College, as well as in state and local governments.

» Everyone Counts
It’s important to count everyone, including infants, students, non-native people, indigenous people and people experiencing homelessness. For every person not counted in Chattanooga, we lose $1,091 of federal funding per year.

The U.S. Census Bureau has instruction guides in 50 different languages, as well as braille and large print. 

» How to Take the Census
Online: For the first time ever, you can take the complete census online, and in 13 different languages! 

Mail: By mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with instructions, followed by your household’s census form starting in April 1. 

Phone: If you need more help, you can call the official census Bureau at 844-330-2020 and talk to a census taker in 59 different languages. 

» The Census is Confidential / El Censo es Confidencial
By law, your information is confidential. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. The law is found in Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Anyone who violates this law faces severe penalties.

Por ley su información es confidencial. Sus respuestas no pueden ser usadas en su contra por ninguna agencia gubernamental o tribunal. La ley está en el Título 13 del Código de E.E. U.U. Cualquiera que viola esta ley enfrenta castigos severos. 

» Count on Libraries!
Starting April 1, we will have trained staff ready to answer your questions and computers and WiFi ready for you to complete your census. 

We’re also making Census 2020 fun! Join us at one of the locations below for information, refreshments, computers and WiFi access, plus, participate in a Silent Disco once you’ve completed your census form.

March 25 @ Chattanooga State Community College
11 am – 1 pm
April 4 @ Our Avondale Branch in the YFD Center
4 pm – 6 pm
April 18 @ East Lake’s Book Fiesta
1 pm – 4 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

What questions does the census ask?
The census asks how many people are in your household and whether the home is owned or rented. You’ll be asked to count the number of people, including babies and people who may not have a permanent address, who are living or staying in your home. You’ll be asked to answer questions about age, race or ethnic identity, and relationships of people living at your address to you.

How long will it take to fill out?
The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete. Can I refuse to answer a question? You can skip questions, submit an incomplete census form and still be included in the head count. Returning a partially filled-out questionnaire may result in a follow-up phone call or visit from a census worker.

Will I be asked about my citizenship or immigration status?
No. The 2020 Census will not include a question about citizenship. It is important that you complete the census regardless of your immigration status. Everyone deserves to be counted, and your information will be kept confidential.

Please also know that the Census Bureau will never ask you for:
  • Your Social Security number
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers

For More Information

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