2020 Census

2020 Census Worcester Everyone Counts April 1 - July 31

It's time for the 2020 Census!  Worcester County Library is proud to be a part of the Worcester County Complete Count Committee’s education and outreach effort.  In 2010 only 59% of the residents of Worcester County completed the census survey - this was the lowest response in the State of Maryland.  Everyone living in the continental US, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas of the US is mandated by the US Constitution (Article 1, Section 2) to complete a census survey every 10 years. The 1st census was conducted in 1790.  Check out the 2020 Census website for more information.

Link to a Sample Questionnaire

Why do we have a Census?

The Constitution mandates a population count once every ten years. The Census started in 1790 and this year’s Census will shape how political power and federal tax dollars are shared in the U.S over the next 10 years. The number of congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets are determined by census numbers. They also guide how federal funding is distributed for schools, roads and other public services in local communities. The demographic data are used by businesses to determine, for example, where to build new supermarkets and by emergency responders to locate injured people after natural disasters.

Want to check out past Census data? Check out our online resources!

Who fills out the Census?

The Census Bureau includes every person living in the U.S. — regardless of citizenship or immigration status. International visitors on vacation or work trips to the U.S. during the census are not included. Residents are counted at the address where they usually live and sleep.

How do I respond to the 2020 Census?

You can respond to the Census in one of three ways:

  • On the phone: For the first time, 1-800 numbers will be available to give the response over the phone.
  • In writing: A paper form will be mailed to each household.
  • Online: For the first time in history, there will be the option to fill out the Census online.

What if I don’t want to respond to all the questions?

You can skip questions, submit an incomplete census form, and still be included in the head count. But you can be fined for refusing to answer a census question or intentionally giving a false answer, although the penalty has been enforced rarely in the past. Returning a partially filled-out questionnaire may result in a follow-up phone call or visit from a census worker.

Why should I respond to the Census?

The Census collects data that will help states, counties, and communities determine:

  • Representation: The number of seats a state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, and determines the districts for state government.
  • Funding: How to distribute approximately $675 billion in federal funding to local communities yearly.
  • Planning: The creation and upkeep of local services such as roads, schools, hospitals, senior centers, emergency services, and libraries.
  • Businesses: The creation of factories, business headquarters, and stores, as well as the ability to recruit employees and conduct market research.

I’m worried that my answers will be shared with other people or agencies…maybe even hacked!

It is against the law to share specific answers with anyone and the Census Bureau is using a new privacy protection system, in addition to the safeguards it already used, to further protect the privacy of respondents.

How do I verify that I’m responding to a legitimate Census request?

The survey will not ask for your social security number or any credit card numbers. There is no charge to complete the survey.

If you question the authenticity of the letter or form call the Regional Office for your state to verify the household survey. For business surveys please visit the Census Bureau Business Help Site or contact the National Processing Center.

If someone visits your residence to complete a survey:

  • Check first for a valid U.S. Census Bureau ID badge.
  • If you are still unsure then call the Regional Office for your state to verify you are in a legitimate survey and the visitor is a Census Bureau employee.

If you get an email and think it is bogus:

  • Do not reply, do not click on any links, and do not open any attachments.
  • Forward the email or website URL to the Census Bureau at ois.fraud.reporting@census.gov.
  • Delete the message. The Census Bureau will investigate and notify you of the findings.

Who to Contact:

​​For all general inquiries or information requests, please email census@maryland.gov.