- The Census will be mailed to you in the middle of March, and can be completed by mail, telephone, or online.
- If you don’t reply by mail, telephone, or online, the Census will expect you to be home on Enumeration Day, April 1st.
- A census taker will visit your home starting in mid-May if you do not reply.
Everyone counts in Lancaster City!
Completing the Census is easy, safe, and important.
The Census is Easy.
The Census is Safe.
- It is against Federal law to release personal information collected by the Census Bureau, punishable by a fine and jail time.
- The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is not allowed to publicly release your responses.
- The 2020 Census does not ask whether you or anyone in your home is a U.S. citizen.
The Census is Important.
- The Census helps determine how many representatives each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- An accurate Census helps guide Federal distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars to states and local communities like Lancaster.
- At least one in five people in Lancaster weren’t counted in 2010.
What is the Census?
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and other Lancastrians. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources across the country based on census data.