The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
As a City of West Bend resident, here's what you need to know:
- A 2020 Census Postcard will be mailed to your address in March. You can respond online in English or in 12 additional languages. The online questionnaire is accessible, following the latest web accessibility guidelines. The U.S. Census Burau will also have a video in American Sign Language available to guide you through responding online. The West Bend Community Memorial Library has computers available to complete your Census 2020 questiontionarie.
- You can respond to the questionnaire by phone by calling at 844-467-2020.
- By mid-April, the U.S. Census Bureau will mail a paper questionnaire to every household that hasn’t already responded.
- If necessary, you can respond in person beginning in mid-May. Census takers will visit all households that have not yet responded.
What is the 2020 census?
Here's a short video to learn more about the 2020 Census.
You've got questions and we have answers. Check out these helpful resources provided by the United States Census Bureau.
- 2020 Census At A Glance (PDF)
- Census Confidentiality Worksheet
- Census 101 (PDF)
- Census is Available to Everyone (PDF)
- General FAQs (PDF)
When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics.
The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
Questions about the 2020 census?
If you have any questions or would like to request additional information about the 2020 Census, please visit the U.S. Census website at https://2020census.gov/en.html.