Community Invited to 2020 Census Kick-Off

(BLOOMINGTON) – The Bloomington-Monroe 2020 Census Complete Count Committee invites Bloomington and Monroe County residents to the 2020 Census Kick-Off event. 

The event is designed to generate awareness about the 2020 Census and encourage community members to participate in it. Along with informative remarks, the event will include a question-and-answer period.  Refreshments will be offered in the atrium after the program. 

Mayor John Hamilton, the Monroe County Commissioners, and a U.S. Census Bureau partnership specialist will make remarks, along with members of the City’s Community and Family Resources Department, who will address (in English and Spanish) the issue of the confidentiality of data collected. This will be on Wednesday, January 15, at 2 p.m. Located at the Bloomington City Council Chambers at City Hall, 401 North Morton Street.  

Starting April 1, 2020 (Census Day), households will be invited to participate in the 2020 Census, with options for responding online, by phone, or by mail. 

Held once every 10 years, the Census counts every resident in the U.S. to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and distribute billions in federal funds to local communities for services such as transportation, healthcare, and affordable housing. 

The data collected by the Census is highly secure and by law cannot affect government benefits or be shared with law enforcement agencies or immigration services.