Help Cumberland County Libraries; Get Counted in Census 2020
April 1 is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census. When completing the census, you will include everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020. You can complete the census online, by mail, and by phone.
Cumberland County Library System needs you to be counted. Communities that don’t get fully counted in 2020 will miss out on funding. Cumberland County and our libraries could miss out on more than $84 million, that’s $2,093 per person for the next 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape the future of our region.
What’s in it for me?
The Census Bureau uses your response to gather information about population, consumer needs attracting new businesses and federal funding.
- Your response helps determine where more than $675 billion in federal funds is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, libraries and roads.
- Your response gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about libraries, businesses, and planning for the future.
- Your response helps determine the number of seats Pennsylvania has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Is my information safe?
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 by any government agency or court. Information is not provided to the FBI, CIA, DHS or ICE.
When can I respond to the census?
Every household in America will receive a notice to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail.
- Get assistance, or respond by phone beginning Monday, March 9. Assistance is available in 13 languages.
- Respond online at my2020census.gov beginning Thursday, March 12. Learn more about responding online through the Internet Response Portal.
- Paper questionnaires will be sent to households during April 8-16; this option is only available in English and Spanish.
- If you have not responded, census takers will begin visiting homes beginning May 13.
How to Avoid a Scam
The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to citizenship or political parties.
How Can My Library Help?
Cumberland County Library System provides public computers and Wi-Fi access to enable you to complete your online census form. Our computers will not retain your data. Tell your friends and family that they can use our computers and Wi-Fi without a library card. And, while they are visiting, why not get a library card and take advantage of the many resources available to library card holders?