When Everyone Counts, Everyone Wins

It’s pretty simple – completing the 2020 Census has a positive impact on our community and our state. The City of Broken Arrow, the state of Oklahoma and partners throughout the community want every Broken Arrow resident to be counted in the 2020 Census.

What is the 2020 Census? – The 2020 Census is happening now and counts every person living in the

United States and the five U.S. territories. Filling out the Census isn’t just our civic duty – it’s the law. The Constitution mandates that the country count its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the United States has done so since 1790. Each home has received a request to respond to a short questionnaire – online, by phone or by mail. You choose how to respond. Everyone residing in the United States gets counted in the Census – children, seniors, minorities, immigrants – legal and illegal – tribal communities, homeless, homeowners, renters, students and workers – everyone.

Why is the 2020 Census important to me? – The stakes are high. The federal government uses census data to help determine important local factors like tax funding and representation in Congress. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding has a major impact on every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. The Census can shape many different aspects of our community, including need for health clinics, hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and highways and programs that help older Americans like Medicare Part B. Experts estimate each household that doesn’t complete the Census survey could cost Broken Arrow about $1,675 in local federal funding per person, per year, for 10 years. In 2016, for example, more than 300 federally funded programs relied on census data to distribute more than $675 billion to states and localities.

What information will be requested on the 2020 Census? – The Census will collect basic information with nine different questions about the people living in your household. When completing the Census, you should count everyone who was living in your household on April 1, 2020.

When completing the 2020 Census, can I be sure that the information is kept private and it is safe to answer Census questions? – The census takes less than 15 minutes to complete and is legally private. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone – not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA and not with any other government agency. No one is able to trace your survey answers back to you. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone. You will not be asked about your financial information or Social Security or Medicare number. Online responses are secured by multiple layers of encryption and isolated from online access as soon as you hit submit.

How do I respond to the 2020 Census? – All Oklahomans can self-respond to the 2020 Census by phone by calling 844-330-2020, mailing a traditional paper questionnaire, in-person with a U.S. Census employee or, for the first time, online at www.okletscount. org or www.my2020census.gov. The majority of households received a postcard invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census in March. Those who don’t answer will receive the traditional paper form in the mail. If a household still does not respond, the bureau will send a census taker to knock on that door to collect the household’s data. One person should respond for each home. That person must be at least 15 years old. They should live in the home or place of residence themselves and know general information about each person living there.

Broken Arrow and Oklahoma are counting on you. If you haven’t already, complete the 2020 Census today