Why Does the Census Matter?
The City of South Bend and its partners are gearing up for Census 2020. An accurate count matters to our community for several reasons:
Results from the Census influence how $650+ billion in annual funds are distributed across the country. Programs affected by the census include:
- National School Lunch Program
- Head Start
- Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Medical Assistance Program
- And many, many more
Everyone counts! Unfortunately some populations, like young children, tend to be undercounted.
Census data helps nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations develop and evaluate community programs.
But what about my privacy?
By Federal law, Census responses are confidential and cannot be shared with anyone, including law enforcement, immigration, and tax agencies.
How do I fill out the census?
You’ll be able to respond online, by mail, or by phone. If you don’t want to or can’t respond in those ways, a Census worker will visit your home to check on the status of your Census form. Check back on this page for more information as Census 2020 gets closer.
What is Census Day?
Census Day is on April 1, 2020. This means that you’ll fill out your Census form based on your household on that date.
How To Get Involved
Learn how you can support a complete and accurate Census 2020 count for our community.
Join the South Bend Census 2020 Network
The City of South Bend and the St. Joseph County Public Library are partnering together in preparation for the 2020 Census. We’re recruiting a collection of local organizations across the City (“Census Champions”) to create a network of support for an inclusive Census 2020 count in South Bend.