Census 2020

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Taking part is easy, secure, and important. 

Tempe Elementary School District is encouraging all of our parents/guardians, staff, and community members to take part in the US Census. The Census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.

Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to schools, hospitals, fire departments, roads, and other resources based on Census data. The results of the Census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

If you are an educator in the Tempe Elementary School District, visit our Census Educator Resources page. 

How It Works

You'll receive a letter from the US Census telling you how to respond and obtain more information. There are nine questions, and you don't need any supporting documents like tax documents. Your identity will be kept completely anonymous. When filling out the Census, you will simply provide what you already know about your family. 

Only one person needs to fill it out for each household. That person can account for each person who lives at the address. 

Sample 2020 Census Questionnaire

How You Can Take Part

Most households will receive their Census invitation letter in the mail. There are then four ways to respond. 
1. Internet
2. Phone call
3. Mail
4. In-person interview 

There are multiple languages available. Please visit the US Census website for the list of languages. 


March 12-20: An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census
March 16-24: A reminder letter sent out
If you haven't responded...
March 26-April 3: A reminder postcard sent out
April 8-16: A reminder letter and paper questionnaire sent out
April 20-27: A final reminder postcard sent out before a Census employee follows up in person

 More information on the timeline can be found on the City of Tempe website


Is my information confidential?
Your questionnaire answers are anonymous and confidential. It is federal law (Title 13 of the US Code) that your data cannot be shared with any other person, organization, court, business or government agency, such as law enforcement. No individuals will be identified in the data, and only statistics will be published. 

What if I don't know the answers to every question?
Incomplete Census documents will still be included in the overall count. It is highly encouraged that you be as detailed as possible in your completion of the Census.

Why do they ask the questions they do? 
The Census asks questions that provide a snap-shot of the nation. Census results affect your voice in government, how much funding our community receives, and how our community plans for the future. 

Can I use my middle school child's school-issued Chromebook to complete the Census?
Yes, parents/guardians of Tempe Elementary School District's middle school students may use their school-issued Chromebook to complete the Census. 

What happens if I don't respond to the Census? 
If no response from your address has recorded by April 27, 2020, a Census employee will follow-up in person at your home address.







Additional Resources 
U.S. Census Bureau 
iCount2020 (regional Census effort)
Tempe Census