The US Constitution requires the federal government to count everyone living in the country every 10 years. The tally must include people of ALL ages, races, and all citizens and non-citizens, regardless of immigration status. Every household should complete a census form (either online or by mail or phone) by April 1, 2020.
Everyone needs to be counted.
Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding our local community receives, how Redmond and other cities plan for the future, and it's your representation in government.
Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:
- Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments
- Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods
- Determine how many seats our state is allocated in the House of Representatives
Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private.
The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.
The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
For more information on data security click here.
If you skip questions, submit an incomplete census form, or just don't respond, you could be fined for refusing to answer a census question or intentionally giving a false answer.
Before that happens, it is more likely that you will receive a follow-up phone call or in person visit from a census worker.
All census workers will have an ID badge, official census bureau bag or laptop, and a letter from the Census Bureau stating why they are visiting your home. Click here for more details on how to identify a Census employee.
The Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Social Security numbers
- Bank or credit card account numbers
- Money or donations
- Anything on behalf of a political party
For more information on the 2020 Census, go to 2020census.gov.