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Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding Ashtabula County receives, how Ashtabula County communities plan for the future, and your representation in government. A study by the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy estimates that each person who isn't counted could result in $1,814 less federal funding for Ohio communities.
Strict federal law protects your census responses. No law enforcement agency can access or use your personal information at any time. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees are sworn to protect your personal information for life and any violation comes with a penalty of up to $250,000 and/or up to five years in prison. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives. Detailed census responses are kept strictly confidential for 72 years.
Census Confidentiality Factsheet
In 2020, for the first time ever, the US Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer.
The census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020.
Census questions factsheet
The Census Bureau will never ask for:
If you want to respond online, you can go to your local library and use the public computers at that location. Also, a number of social service agencies may have computers available for use. As the Census day comes closer a detailed list of locations, days and times will be posted.
Beginning in mid-March 2020, people will receive a notice in the mail to complete the 2020 Census. Once you receive it you can respond online or by phone. In May 2020, the US Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that haven't responded to the census.
Newborn babies and children under five are often missed in the census. The 2020 Census helps determine which areas qualify for the critical resources that children and families depend on for the next 10 years - basically, an entire childhood.