The census is a self-portrait of the nation. Every 10 years, the United States Constitution requires a count (or "census") of everyone living in the country. The count must include people of all ages, races and ethnic groups; all citizens and non-citizens. Every household must complete a census form (either online, by phone or mail) by April 1, 2020. Participating in the census is your right and responsibility.
Why the Census Matters
The U.S. Census collects details on the entire country’s population. This information is used to:
- Distribute more than $675 billion in federal funding to states and communities each year for the next decade. Arizona's share is roughly $20 billion. That’s nearly $3,000 for every person counted.
- Determine representation in Congress.
- Allocate resources for job creation, housing, infrastructure and more.
- Determine where schools, roads, hospitals, child care centers, senior centers and other essential services should be built.
The census significantly impacts the City of Chandler and its residents; a complete and accurate count is essential.
Complete Count Committee
Chandler's Census Complete Count Committee (CCC) guides and supports the efforts of U.S. Census on a local level. Chaired by Councilmember Mark Stewart, this group represents many of Chandler’s special interest communities. Its members make recommendations to help the count reach every community. From a City staff perspective, Chandler's CCC is led by Neighborhood Resources Director Leah Powell.
Hard-to-count areas are a particular focus of the City. In these areas, people may not have access to the Internet. They might also be unaccustomed to interacting and even trusting the government.
The committee’s goal is a census count that includes all Chandler's residents. The committee also will work to increase understanding about the importance of the census and educate Chandler residents on how to participate.
How to respond to the Census: It's easy
The Constitution mandates that all people be counted every 10 years. You should respond to the census regardless of your immigration status, housing insecurity, age, race, or ability. It is important to know that all census data is protected by federal law and is used for statistical purposes only. It cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. Download a sample Census questionnaire.
- You’ve got mail.
- In March 2020, every household will receive a postcard in the mail. You can use the code on the postcard to respond to the survey online. If you prefer, you can call the number on the postcard and submit your responses over the phone. These are the best ways to be included in the count for Chandler.
- Fill out the survey.
- The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. You can respond to the census online or by phone.
- The census website is safe, secure and confidential.
- Respond by April 1, 2020.
- Respond to the census promptly and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do the same. If you do not respond, additional steps will be taken to ensure you are counted. These steps include mailing a paper form and knocking on your door to offer in-person assistance.