Census 2020

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census. As a partner, we will be working to make sure our community is accurately represented in the upcoming decennial count.

What is the census?

Every 10 years, the U.S. government counts every person living in the U.S., through the census. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire about your household and the people who live in it—online, by phone, or by mail. Your personal responses are confidential. Help us make sure that everyone in Newton is counted.

How do I participate?

Every home should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census back in April. There are three options for responding:

When can I respond to the 2020 Census?

Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be delivered between March 12 - 20. Once you receive that invitation, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail.

Why is the census important? 

The census counts everyone in the United States. Census results are the basis for congressional representation and help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds is distributed each year to support vital programs in states and communities across the country. These funds shape local health care, housing, education, transportation, employment, and public policy.

Is my information secure?

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, DHS, or ICE.

How can I protect myself from a scam?

The Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers.
  • Money or donations.
In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party. If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 or 844-330-2020 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact your local police department.

Contact the US Census:

Phone: 

  • 312-579-1500 (Regional Census Center in Chicago) or 301-763-INFO (4636.)

Online: