Every home will receive an invitation to participate by April 1. The U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency, conducts a count of all people living in the United States every 10 years as mandated by the U.S. Constitution (see Article I Section 2).
The data collected during the census helps determine the number of seats states have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Responding to the census also helps communities get the funding they need and helps businesses make data-driven decisions that grow the economy.
Census data impacts the daily lives of citizens, informing important decisions about funding for services and infrastructure in the community, including health care, senior centers, jobs, roads, schools and businesses. More than $675 billion in federal funding flows back to states and local communities each year based on census data.
Your responses to the 2020 Census are secure and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all household and business survey responses to the U.S. Census Bureau are kept completely confidential.
PLEASE NOTE: The U.S. Census Bureau will not contact you via email. If you receive an email asking for census information, do not respond. For information about how to respond online, visit 2020census.gov.
Online Responses Accepted for the 2020 Census
New in 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept online responses. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire— by phone, mail or online. No computer? Visit a dedicated census station in the city!
Dedicated Census Stations
- Westerville Public Library (126 S. State St.)
- Courtwright Memorial Library at Otterbein University (138 W. Main St.)
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone or by mail. Additional information can be found below or on the Census 2020 website.