You have just a few weeks left to report your household information to the U.S. Census. It takes less than 10 minutes but will make a huge difference in the quality of life for all of us.
The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government to count all residents living in the United States every 10 years. The data from the U.S. Census determines how much each state, county, and city receives in federal funding for health care, education, roads, bridges, parks, senior services, etc. It is estimated that every person counted, equals $2,000 each year for the next 10 years. The information you provide is confidential by law for 72 years.
You can self-report now online at www.my2020census.gov or by phone at (844) 330-2020 for English, and (844) 468-2020 for Spanish. Additionally, Census takers are now knocking on doors throughout Cathedral City to those who failed to respond prior to now. Because the deadline to respond is September 30, Census Bureau officials are urging households to respond before the census taker comes to your door. Those who respond will not need to be visited to obtain their census response.
What Households Can Expect When Census Worker Arrives at Your Door
Census takers will follow local public health guidelines when they visit. They will be wearing masks and will have completed a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing protocols and other health and safety guidance before beginning their work in neighborhoods.
They will ask you a few questions including the name, age, race and sex of everyone who lived in your household on April 1, 2020, and enter your answers on their secure Census Bureau phone. You will not be asked for your Social Security number, bank information or citizenship status, and no information will be shared with immigration or law enforcement agencies. If no one is home when the census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail.
How to Identify Census Takers
Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact the Los Angeles Regional Census Center at 213-314-6500 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
For more information, visit 2020census.gov.