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It's important that every Ohioan is counted. We want to ensure our state receives the appropriate amount of federal funding to help us support our communities, schools, public safety resources, and to improve our roads.
The next Census occurs in April 2020.
- The Census asks questions about you and the people you live with, such as your names, and birthdays.
- You can submit the form online, over the phone, or through a paper version. It typically takes around 10 minutes to complete.
- The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect the privacy and confidentiality of everyone who responds to the Census. Your responses are combines with other resources purely to produce statistical summaries.
- Any identifiable information about an individual or household cannot be shared for 72 years.
- These protections ensure the personal information you provide cannot be used against you in any way. Your personal information will not be shared with other law enforcement, including DHS, ICE, FBI, CIA or police departments.
- The Census Bureau encrypts all responses submitted online and stored in its computers.
- Check out www.Census.gov for more details on how your information will be secured electronically.
- It determines how the federal government will distribute more than $675 billion dollars to critical state and local programs. Businesses use the Census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, while real estate developers and city planners use the information to plan homes and improve neighborhoods.
- The Census is the basis of redistricting and reapportioning the number of representatives in U.S. Congress. The population count helps decide where new schools and hospitals are needed and where to add public safety resources.
- The Census count affects the course of the next 10 years. The result of this count is multiplied every year that passes, since following estimates are based on the original Census count.
- It is everyone’s responsibility to get the count right for Ohio.