How the US Census 2020 Affects You

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April 1, 2020, is US Census Day.

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to count every resident in the United States. The census is conducted in years ending in zero, and the reference day for the next census will be April 1, 2020 ─ Census Day.

In 2020, we are providing three modes of response so everyone will be able to respond the way they prefer: either anytime, anywhere through the Internet, or over the phone or by returning a paper questionnaire.


Why should I complete the Census?

  • It's important. The 2020 Census counts are used for reapportionment, redistricting, distribution of federal funds. An accurate count is essential for our state.
  • It's easy. You can complete the census online, using your smartphone, over the phone, or by filling out a paper form. It will ask for your name, address, sex, age, race, ethnicity, relationship and housing tenure.
  • It's safe. The privacy of your responses is guaranteed by law. Census workers are sworn to secrecy and subject to a $250,000 fine and jail time. The Census Bureau cannot share your answers with the FBI, the CIA, welfare, immigration, or even the President.
  • It's required. Responding to the Census is required by Title 13 of the United States Code, the same law that guarantees the privacy of your responses.

The U.S. Census matters to Oklahoma. According to the GW Institute of Public Policy, for each Oklahoman not counted, it is estimated that Oklahoma loses a potential of $1,123 in federal funding every year.


Also, if Oklahoma's population is undercounted by one percent, Oklahoma loses a potential of $47.2 million in federal funding. In other words, $47.2 million Oklahoma paid in taxes is going to fund another state. Learn more at Payne County, OK Census 2020.


I have questions…

The City of Stillwater is here to help. You may ask your questions below and we'll do our best to answer them. If you'd prefer to speak to someone in person, visit the Census Central at the Stillwater Public Library at 1107 S. Dusk Street. The librarians are happy to help you.


About this Page

This page is meant to function as the hub of civic engagement for this project. Feedback is shared with City Council and city staff. Comments made on this page, as well as any comments made to city staff through email, are considered public documents. For questions about this, click on "Who's Listening."

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to count every resident in the United States. The census is conducted in years ending in zero, and the reference day for the next census will be April 1, 2020 ─ Census Day.

In 2020, we are providing three modes of response so everyone will be able to respond the way they prefer: either anytime, anywhere through the Internet, or over the phone or by returning a paper questionnaire.


Why should I complete the Census?

  • It's important. The 2020 Census counts are used for reapportionment, redistricting, distribution of federal funds. An accurate count is essential for our state.
  • It's easy. You can complete the census online, using your smartphone, over the phone, or by filling out a paper form. It will ask for your name, address, sex, age, race, ethnicity, relationship and housing tenure.
  • It's safe. The privacy of your responses is guaranteed by law. Census workers are sworn to secrecy and subject to a $250,000 fine and jail time. The Census Bureau cannot share your answers with the FBI, the CIA, welfare, immigration, or even the President.
  • It's required. Responding to the Census is required by Title 13 of the United States Code, the same law that guarantees the privacy of your responses.

The U.S. Census matters to Oklahoma. According to the GW Institute of Public Policy, for each Oklahoman not counted, it is estimated that Oklahoma loses a potential of $1,123 in federal funding every year.


Also, if Oklahoma's population is undercounted by one percent, Oklahoma loses a potential of $47.2 million in federal funding. In other words, $47.2 million Oklahoma paid in taxes is going to fund another state. Learn more at Payne County, OK Census 2020.


I have questions…

The City of Stillwater is here to help. You may ask your questions below and we'll do our best to answer them. If you'd prefer to speak to someone in person, visit the Census Central at the Stillwater Public Library at 1107 S. Dusk Street. The librarians are happy to help you.


About this Page

This page is meant to function as the hub of civic engagement for this project. Feedback is shared with City Council and city staff. Comments made on this page, as well as any comments made to city staff through email, are considered public documents. For questions about this, click on "Who's Listening."

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