2020 U.S. Census
Welcome to your local guide to the 2020 U.S. Census. Here you will find information and resources related to the 2020 Census. Should you have any questions after reviewing the information please contact the City Manager’s office at 304-284-7405. Alternatively, you can visit the 2020 Census website for additional information.
Did you know the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring? You can be a census taker and earn some extra income while helping make an impact in your community by ensuring an accurate count. Being a census taker has some great benefits such as:
- Flexible hours
- Weekly Pay
- Paid Training
To apply visit: 2020census.gov/jobs
- Sample Census Invitation Letter to All Residents (PDF)
- Breakdown of Federal Funding for West Virginia Based on Census Data (PDF)
- 2020 Census General FAQs (PDF)
- Census 101: What You Need to Know (PDF)
2020 Census FAQs
What is the 2020 Census?
The Census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1. The Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution and it has taken place every 10 years since 1790. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape your future.
What’s in it for me?
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. In West Virginia, that amounts to more than $5 billion in federal funding for things like Medicaid, SNAP, Highway Planning and Construction, National School Lunch Program and much more! That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.
Is my information safe?
Your responses to the 2020 Census are protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency, or court in any way - not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.
What will I be asked?
You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children.
What won’t be asked?
The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.
When can I respond to the census?
In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. Every household in America will receive a notice to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that have not responded.
How can I respond to the census?
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
- By phone.
- By mail.