Why is the Census important?
The Census provides critical data that helps determine
- The number of seats Pennsylvania will have in the U.S. House of Representatives
- Federal funding for hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, infrastructure
- Federal funding for community programs, like the Borough's Community Development Block Grant program, which provides grant dollars to expand economic opportunities and enhance the Borough's quality of life for low-to-moderate-income individuals
- Census data also helps businesses make important investment decisions.
The United States Census Bureau predicts that over 4,500 people in Carlisle will not respond to the 2020 Census. That could add up to over $9 million in federal funding lost for Carlisle for the next 10 years!
When and how do I respond to the Census?
In 2020, it's even easier to respond to the Census. For the first time, you will be able to respond to the census online! You can also respond by phone or by mail. Most households will receive an invitation in the mail. About 5% of households will receive their invitation when a Census taker drops it off.
- March 12-20: Households will receive an invitation to respond to the Census.
- March 16-24: Reminder letters will be sent. If a household has not responded by March 25, reminder postcards will be sent.
- After April 27: Households who have not responded will be followed up with an in-person visit from a Census taker.
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics-they cannot be used against you in any way.
Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about individuals, households, or businesses, even to law enforcement agencies.
Where can I learn more?