GLEN ROCK, NJ – The U.S. Constitution requires that the federal government take a count of the population every ten years. The results of the US Census are vital to each community in determining how many representatives each state gets in Congress and affects the distribution of Federal funding. Private industry also uses Census data in determining where to open businesses. 

The 2020 Census will officially begin on April 1, 2020. In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you may respond from your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. 

It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for: 

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• Your Social Security number. 

• Your bank account or credit card numbers. 

• Money or donations. 

You may see census takers in your neighborhood as they help conduct quality check interviews and collect responses to the 2020 Census. Census takers will start visiting some neighborhoods in April 2020 and will follow up with homes who have not yet responded online, by phone, or by mail in the late spring and summer. 

If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity: 

• First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. 

• If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. 

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.