April 1 is Census Day across the nation. In every community, residents are asked to complete a short questionnaire.
Counting America’s population every ten years is required by the Constitution. For every person counted, from infants and young children to older adults, the State of Arizona receives $2,959 from the federal government.
This means more than $20 billion annually for Arizona. Census data isn’t just about dollars, it is also used to apportion those dollars for a wide variety of federal, state and regional programs and projects. Responding in Scottsdale helps our community receive its fair share.
If the census accurately reflects Arizona’s estimated population growth, our state is also expected to gain a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The city uses census data to plan services and projects, and to place facilities like fire stations, parks and community centers where they will be most effective.
The census asks basic demographic questions such as: how many people are living in the home; is the home owned or rented and the age, sex, race and relationships of people in the household.
Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home.
This time, respond online
The 2020 Census will be the first time you can fill out your questionnaire online (telephone and mail response will remain options as well). The 2020 Census website is safe, secure and confidential, and responses to the census questionnaire are completely confidential and anonymous by U.S. law.
What about part-time residents?
If you don’t live in Scottsdale year-round, you should report your residency wherever you live and sleep most of the time—even if you are a citizen of a foreign country. If you aren’t sure, report your residency wherever you are on April 1.
Learn more about the 2020 Census.