What is the census?
Every 10 years, the U.S. government counts every person living in the U.S., through the census. The census is a short questionnaire that asks basic information about your household and the people who live in it. Your personal responses are confidential. The next census will start in March 2020. Help us make sure that everyone in Ankeny is counted.
How do I participate?
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Your invitation will have a census ID, a unique 12 digit code you will use to respond, view a sample invitation. You will have three options for responding:
- By phone
- By mail
Census workers will begin knocking on doors in May, for those who haven't responded and may need help filling out the form. Census takers will have a Census ID, electronic device and census bag.
Why is the census important?
The census is much more than just a head count. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned. It also helps us see how our communities have changed over time. That’s why an accurate count is so important.
Is my information secure?
The Census Bureau WILL ask for:
- Birth date
- Phone number
- Other demographic data
The Census Bureau may call you after you complete your census questionnaire for quality control purposes, but will only ask you to verify information that you have already provided via your questionnaire and/or about your experience. You will not be asked to provide any new or personal information.
The Census Bureau WILL NOT ask for:
- Social security number
- Driver's license number
- Banking or credit card information
- Political donations
Strict federal law protects your census responses. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives. The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank or credit card account numbers, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party. The Census Bureau has a robust cyber security program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.