The Montgomery County Government is committed to the essential democratic principle that everyone counts in Montgomery County. As the 2010 Federal Census will establish the basis for fair representation at the federal and state levels and an equitable allocation of federal dollars and provide important data for County policymaking and priority setting, Montgomery County is determined to make every feasible outreach effort to ensure that we have a complete count in 2010.
78% of Montgomery County residents returned their Census forms on time. Thanks to all of you for your cooperation. Montgomery County’s participation rate is above the national and state averages. But the count continues, and it is very important that we count every single resident. Montgomery County will lose thousands of federal dollars for essential services for every resident we fail to count.
What to Do When a Census Taker Visits Your Home
If you have not filled out and mailed in your Census form, you will be visited by a Census taker. Please cooperate with the Census takers to ensure an accurate count for Montgomery County. Completing the Census is still incredibly important. Please let your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues at work know that this is a very safe process. The Census taker who comes to your door will have a badge and is sworn for life to protect your confidentiality and privacy. Census takers are our neighbors – people from our community, hired by the Census Bureau, to go door-to-door and collect Census information from residents that have not sent back their 2010 Census forms. A census taker will contact you in person or by phone up to six times, each time leaving a door hanger. The door hanger has a phone number on it that you can call to schedule a visit and be counted.
If a Census taker visits you, please keep this in mind:
Census takers will carry official government badges identifying them by name. They do not include photos. The badges will be white with a Commerce Department watermark and blue writing.
Census takers will be carrying black canvas shoulder bags with the words “U.S. Census Bureau” written in white ink.
Census takers will never ask to enter your home.
Census takers will show a copy of a statement promising confidentiality.
If a resident does not speak English, Census takers will show a flashcard containing a sentence about the 2010 Census in approximately 51 languages. The resident points to the language he/she speaks and the case will be reassigned to someone who speaks that language.
Census takers will never ask for Social Security numbers, financial information, immigration status, personal identification numbers, passwords, or money.
If you are still not certain about the Census takers identity, please call the Regional Census office at 215-717-1020. The Census takers can also provide a supervisor’s phone number.
Questionnaires will no longer be mailed to residents. Here are the toll free numbers for the Census Telephone Questionnaire Assistance (TQA) Hotline. TQA operators will conduct an interview with the caller in one of six supported languages:
TDD (Telephone Display Device for the hearing impaired): 1-866-783-2010
The Census is a count that is conducted every 10 years of everyone living in the United States.
The Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.
The next Census is April 1, 2010.
Residents will receive the Census form in the mail in March. By promptly completing the form and mailing it back, residents will avoid visits from Census enumerators.
It takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
Federal law protects the personal information you share during the Census.
Census data are used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and to distribute $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year allocate state legislative districts and draw County Council districts.
Protecting Your Personal Information
By federal law, the Census is not allowed to share any personal identifiable information about you with anyone, including federal agencies, local housing code enforcement inspectors, and law enforcement entities. Providing information to the Census is absolutely safe. Information collected by the Census is for statistical purposes only. You can be certain that no law enforcement official will receive any information you give to Census.
La ley dice que el Censo no puede compartir ninguna información identificable sobre usted, esto incluye cualquier agencia federal, ni la policía, inmigración, o inspectores del código de vivienda. Proveer información al Censo es completamente confidencial. Puede estar seguro de que ningún oficial de inmigración o de la policía recibirá o tendrá acceso a la información que usted le de al Censo.