Census Day: Make Whittier Count on April 1, 2020
The City of Whittier has partnered with the United States Census Bureau to participate in the upcoming U.S. Census and make sure that all those who call Whittier home are counted during the nationwide process. The census is important to the future of Whittier and can shape many aspects of our community. The results of the count will help to determine how nearly $700 billion in federal funding will be distributed to states and cities, so encouraging your friends and neighbors to fill it out is very important. The census also provides the basis for redistricting and reapportioning seats in Congress, ensuring that all those who live here have a voice.
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census happens every 10 years with Census Day falling on April 1, 2020. By that time, Whittier households will receive an invitation to participate via one of three options: online, by phone, or by mail. Survey responses are protected by federal law and are confidential. This means that the federal government cannot use census data for any reason other than statistical purposes. However, the census isn’t only important for residents. Businesses can utilize demographics data to further economic development and job opportunities, and non-profit organizations, schools, or philanthropic groups are able to use census information to better direct funding, resources, and services to those in Whittier who need it most. This year’s census is especially focused on making sure the traditionally hard to count groups, which may include local veterans, seniors, people experiencing homelessness, etc., are all counted. Your participation helps to provide an accurate picture of who we are as a city and further ensures that we remain a thriving, sustainable city for years to come.
To learn more about the census, what to expect, and how participation is vital to all those residing and working in our community, please visit 2020census.gov.
Helpful Links & Resources
- 2020census.gov (official U.S. 2020 Census website)
- Census.gov (official U.S. Census Bureau website)
- Hagascontar.org (NALEO Education Fund Census website)
Handouts & Fact Sheets
- Census 101: What You Need to Know
- 2020 Census Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Why We Ask Fact Sheet
- Confidentiality Fact Sheet (English)
- Confidentiality Fact Sheet (Spanish)
- How the Census Invites Everyone to Participate (English)
- How the Census Invites Everyone to Participate (Spanish)
- Counting Young Children