Every ten years, the Federal Government conducts a census as mandated by the Constitution. In fact, the U.S. has counted its population every decade since 1790. Jupiter residents will receive an invitation in mid-March to participate in the 2020 Census. The goal is to send in completed census forms by April 1, which will be recognized nationally as Census Day. For a look at the complete census timeline as well as an overview of the process, visit the 2020 Census website.
What to Expect
You may see census takers in your neighborhood for any of the following reasons:
- To visit households that have not yet submitted a census form;
- To drop off census materials;
- To conduct quality checks related to the census; or
- To collect responses for other ongoing Census Bureau surveys, such as the American Community Survey. (Please note: If you’re invited to participate in one of these other surveys, you’re still required to answer the 2020 Census.)
Census takers are legally bound to protect your information.
What Questions Are Asked
For a list of questions asked, an explanation of the form and a sample form, there is a helpful guide on the Census website. There is no citizenship question on the Census.
How to Respond
All households will receive a paper copy of the census form and can respond online, by phone, or by mail. Paper forms of the census will be available in English and Spanish, while the Census Bureau will collect census responses in 11 additional languages online or by phone. Only one census form is necessary per household, and seasonal residents should complete the form based on their location as of April 1.
Need help filling out your census form? Call 844-330-2020 for assistance over the phone. Para español, por favor llame 844-468-2020. Before you call, prepare with this worksheet so that you have your answers at the ready.
Why It’s Important
The results help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities. For Jupiter, this means funding for things like schools, roads and infrastructure, fire and police, and community programs. The numbers also help to determine accurate representation in Congress.
Safety and Security
Rest assured that your information is secure. The Census Bureau explains how it keeps your data safe. It also has tips for identifying scams and fraudulent persons who may be posing as census takers. Remember that census takers will have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact the Jupiter Police Department.
The Town will keep residents informed of Jupiter-specific census information through this website, email and social media. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and on Instagram, and sign-up to receive our emails.
For more information about the 2020 census, visit the federal webpage.