Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone in the United States. The 2020 Census is a huge effort, and the Census needs to get to everyone!

The best way to avoid follow-up visits from Census workers is for everyone to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire, online or by mail, in March or April 2020.

Landlords and building managers need to know:

Why is the Census important?
Census data guide distribution of government resources, services and infrastructure investment. Every year, billions of dollars from the federal budget are distributed to communities — for education, transportation, housing and health — with amounts determined from population data.

What might a Census worker ask of a landlord or building manager?
Mostly, Census workers will need to enter building hallways, knock on apartment doors, or buzz apartment call boxes. They will ask whether addresses on their lists were occupied or vacant on April 1, 2020.

Census workers may ask for residents’ names, phone numbers and usual hours at home. Landlords and building managers must cooperate and provide known information if Census workers ask.

If Census workers are unsuccessful communicating with residents, they may ask detailed questions about who lives in specific units, their names, relationships to one another, races and ages. The Census Bureau considers response by a landlord to be a last resort — but it is a valid request if contact with residents has failed.

Is answering the Census required?
Participation in the Census is required by federal law. Census workers are empowered by federal law to ask for any of the information listed on the Census questionnaire (13 U.S.C. § 221 and 223). They do not need a court order for this work.

Who needs to be counted in my apartment building?
Everyone counts — and the Census Bureau wants to count everyone at the right place. The general rule: People should report themselves living at their usual place of residence.

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