2020 Census Information

The 2020 Census is fast approaching!

The 2020 US Census is upon us and the City of Owasso encourages everyone to participate.  In the coming weeks Census forms will be made available to citizens and there will be a variety of ways to provide the information.  Participants may take the Census with their mobile device, personal computer, or by mail.  You can also respond by phone. The census numerators are ready to take your information question by question from the convenience of your phone at any location. Taking the census using one of these options avoids a personal visit from a Census employee. It is important that Owasso get as thorough a count as possible as this will ensure that our share of federal grants and funding flow to important economic development, transportation, school, health care, and quality of life projects for our community.

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Click here to visit the Census website to learn more information about how to participate, and why it is important that you do.

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When and How to Respond

The 2020 Census counts officially began in January, in Alaska. Households in Oklahoma will begin to receive information about how to respond to the 2020 Census in the mail beginning in mid-March. April 1st, 2020 is Census Day; by this point, all Oklahomans should have received a request to participate. If someone has not responded by late April, they will receive a follow-up reminder letter, and eventually a visit by a live Census Bureau worker. For more info about the way in which the 2020 Census will be conducted, click here

The 2020 Census will ask a variety of questions about the age, sex, race, and ethnicity of those people living in your household. Click here for more info about the questions on the Census form.
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Why Your Response is Important

The U.S. Constitution requires a census count every ten years. The census covers the entire country and everyone living here. Participation in the Census is required by law. One should count every single person who lives in their home, even is that person is unrelated to them or is a small child. The census results are used to appropriate the U.S. House of Representatives, determining how many seats in Congress each state gets. State and local officials also use the results to redraw the boundaries of their congressional, state legislative, and local (city council and county commission) districts adapting to population shifts. 

Additionally, the 2020 Census count will be used to influence federal spending budgets, and provide valuable data to cities about the people who live in their jurisdiction. The census results are also used extensively as a basis for the distribution of a wide array of federal domestic grant programs in such areas as education, health care, transportation, and many others. The census is also a key data source used by business and industry including the real estate development community.

It is important to remember that the Census is only conducted every 10 years, so the data collected in 2020 will shape the future of communities for the next decade. It is imperative that you are counted, so your community can receive the resources and representation it deserves. For more information on how Census data is used, please click here

Is the Census Safe and Secure?

All employees of the U.S. Census Bureau are required by law to keep your responses to questions on the 2020 Census confidential. The answers you give on the 2020 Census will never be tied to any identifying information about you. Your responses can also not be released to anyone, including federal law enforcement agencies per Title 13 of the US Code. For more information, click here. Additionally, the Census Bureau will never ask for personal information (such as social security numbers or bank account numbers) or for any kind of money or donations. 

All the data collected in the 2020 Census is stored in a secure manner. Your responses will be safe from cyber threats, regardless of whether you choose to respond via mail, phone, or online. For more information about the cyber security measures the U.S. Census Bureau takes, please click here.

Take the Pledge!

Follow this link to find out more information about how you can spread the word about the importance of the 2020 Census. Consider using the Census Bureau’s Pledge Maker tool to create a custom pledge reflecting your commitment to take part in the 2020 Census, and share this pledge on social media.