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2020 Census

Mobile Census: Question Assistance Events
Join us in shaping the future of our community by visiting a 2020 Census Mobile Question Assistance events. These events help residents in completing the Census - by paper and online - and Spanish speaking staff will be onsite to support.

The 2020 Census is happening now.
You can respond online, by phone, or by mail.

Respond Now!

2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19
The 2020 Census is underway and households across America are responding every day. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to:

  • Protect the health and safety of Census Bureau employees and the American public.
  • Implement guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.
  • Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.
  • New self-response deadline is September 30, 2020

2020 Census: What to Expect at Your Door
In March and April, each household will be mailed information about taking the 2020 census survey online, by phone or mail. For those who do not complete their survey, census takers will visit households in August.

Census takers will never ask you for your:

  • citizenship status, social security number, mother’s maiden name, money, donations, bank or credit card information.
  • Nor will they send unsolicited emails requesting your participation in the census.

Census takers will:

  • ask you for your date of birth and the date of birth for all people living at the residence.
  • have a government issued Department of Commerce ID badge with their name, photograph, Department of Commerce watermark,  and an expiration date
  • carry an official bag and Census Bureau-issued device such as a laptop or smart phone with a Census Bureau logo

If you are unsure if the person works for the Census Bureau, you can call 1-800-992-3530 (then press 0) or visit: to verify their employment with the Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau also conducts a variety of surveys throughout the year that require a census employee to visit homes. Even if you completed your 2020 census survey, a census employee may also visit your home to collect information for the American Community Survey (ACS), American Housing Survey (AHS), and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

Census 2020 — Everyone Counts in Tigard

Everyone counts in Tigard. A complete count is important for you, your family, and community. Here’s why:

Census Counts = Federal Funding $$$

  • High-quality education for your kids, and educational resources such as number of teachers, books in the classroom and food in kids’ bellies.  
  • Housing options where it’s needed.
  • Public Safety and emergency preparedness.
  • Investments in clean drinking water and environmental well-being.
  • Transportation options to get you where you need to go.
  • Health care options and resources to keep you and your family well.

Census Counts = More Opportunities for Employment: 
Billions of dollars of economic activity are determined based on census data. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and put stores which all create jobs.

Census Counts = Equal and Fair Representation: 
Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. At a local level, state officials redraw boundaries of state legislative districts to account for population shifts?

Census 101

  • The Census only happens once every 10 years.  
  • Your privacy is protected. It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your Reponses in any way that could identify you or your household.
  • By law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics.
  • Census data determines apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and how district lines are drawn at all levels of government.
  • Census data guides the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal funding to programs across the U.S. that are crucial to the well-being of families and communities.
  • The top 10 Census Guided Federal Programs are: Medicaid, Medicare, Highway Planning and Construction, Section 8 Housing, Title 1 Grants to Local Education Agencies, National School Lunch Program, Special Education Grants, State Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP), and Head Start / Early Head Start

Hard to Count (HTC) Communities – Make Yourself Count

#WeCountOregon is a community-led effort working to ensure that every Oregonian - especially those considered hard-to-count complete the 2020 Census.

Hard-to-count communities include people of color, children under five, renters, immigrants, people with limited English proficiency, multiple-family homes, people without access to the internet, Native tribal and urban communities, disabled people, LGBTQ individuals and people experiencing houselessness. It’s critical that ALL Oregonians are counted, remain visible, and participate in our democracy.

Those often “undercounted” by the census are often the ones historically excluded from public decision-making, equitable economic opportunities, and access to basic resources.

Explore the interactive Mapping Hard to Count (HTC) Communities for a Fair and Accurate 2020 Census tool.


Staff Contacts

Agnes Lindor
Project Manager
Kent Wyatt
Communications Manager

2020 Census: What is New? 

  • For the first time, you will be able to respond online!
  • There will be more accurate and automated fields and increased security operations to keep your information confidential and safe.

    *Per a U.S. Supreme Court ruling there will not be a question regarding citizenship on the 2020 Census. *


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