The 2020 U.S. Census is an opportunity for all Lebanon residents to be counted. The Census aims to include all members of Lebanon’s community, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or place of birth. Census data will be used for the next ten years to make sure Lebanon residents are fairly represented in state and federal government, and that the City receives its fair share of federal and state funding for local programs such as education, health care, or housing.
Are you ready? Visit 2020census.gov to take the census online!
Frequently Asked Questions
The Constitution requires a count of the population every ten years to determine the number of seats each State has in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next decade, which in turn affects the amount of federal funding and number of Electoral College votes each State receives. The census also determines the number of seats in the NH House of Representatives, State Senate, as well as representation on the Governor's Council.
Historically, the census has relied on mailed paper questionnaires and temporary field staff going door-to-door in neighborhoods and communities to count the population. The 2020 Census is the first time that the census will offer an online response option, although all households will have a choice to participate by phone or using a paper form, as well.
The census will be conducting on the following timeline:
- March 2020 - Census postcards will be mailed to most homes. Letters with information on how to take the survey online as well as reminder letters to non-respondents will also be sent in March.
- April 1, 2020 - Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. When you respond to the census, you tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
- May 2020 - The Census Bureau begins visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to make sure everyone is counted.
In 2020, the census will be conducted between mid-March and the end of July. This period is divided into two phases: the "self-response-only" phase and the "non-response follow-up" phase.
By mid-March of 2020, every household in the United States will receive a letter from the Census Bureau with information about how to fill out the census online. During the self-response-only period, the census will be available online and by phone for the first time in history. At the end of the self-response-only phase the Census Bureau will send paper forms to households which have not responded online.
In approximately mid-May, the Census Bureau will begin to send enumerators, or "door-knockers", to conduct non-response follow-ups for households that have still not completed the census. If no one answers the door after several attempts, the enumerators will either use administrative records or proxies to try to determine the information for that household.
These estimates by enumerators are often inaccurate and can leave many residents out of the count, impacting our fair share of federal funding for vital programs and our representation in Congress. That is why increasing the self-response rate is imperative to strengthening our ability to achieve a complete and accurate count next year.
The upcoming 2020 Census is critical for the future of Lebanon.
The census determines how critical resources and political power are distributed. The census determines the number of seats in the NH House of Representatives, State Senate, as well as representation on the Governor's Council. Federal funding for Lebanon is also at stake. This includes funding for our public education, public housing, roads and bridges, and much more.
Census 2020 works to ensure that every Lebanon resident is counted. It is critical that every Lebanon resident is counted: if we’re not counted, we don’t exist!
Households will be able to respond to the 2020 Census online, over the phone, or through a paper questionnaire. that will be used during the 2020 Census. This version excludes some features that will be made available to households starting in March 2020, such as the URL for online response and the contact information for phone response.
U.S. Census Bureau Resources
The following are resources provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and can be found at 2020Census.gov.
Census 101 - What You Need to Know
🗹 The 2020 Census at a Glance
🗹 Who to Count (including children, students, foreign citizens, people in shelters, prisons, etc.)
🗹 Ways to Respond (online, by phone, by mail)
🗹 Who is Required to Respond?
🗹 How the Census Bureau Protects Your Data
🗹 Confidentiality Fact Sheet
🗹 Avoiding Fraud and Scams
Community Partners and Resources
The following are resources are provided by, or available to, the community.