2020 Census

Linn County Counts

Linn County is excited to participate in the 2020 Census to get the most accurate count possible of the population in Linn County. The census is important to measure the County's growth and to help plan for the future.

What is the Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The census is conducted every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency, as mandated by the Constitution. It aims to count each person only once and in the right place. The 2020 Census will ask questions about all people who live and sleep in a household as of April 1, 2020 - including babies and anyone staying in the household who has no other permanent place to stay.

Why Census Participation Matters

There are many ways that census data is used at every level of government. Every year, billions of dollars are distributed to hospitals, fire departments, low-income programs, schools, roads, and more based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.

What is Linn County doing for the Census?

Linn County has formed a Complete Count Committee comprised of leaders from the City of Cedar Rapids, City of Marion, public libraries, community organizations, and more. The purpose of this committee is to get the word out to everyone in Linn County that the Census is coming and why it is important to participate.

How do I participate in the 2020 Census?

By April 1, 2020, every household will have received an invitation via mail to participate in the 2020 Census. You’ll have three ways to respond: online, by phone, or by mail.

Your responses are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way.

If you live in the United States you are required by law to participate in the 2020 count, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau.

More information about the Census can be found at 2020census.gov.

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