The U.S. Constitution mandates a count of every person living in the United States every 10 years.
It matters that you be counted.
- Our population determines how many seats Maryland has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- The Federal government distributes billions of dollars for government services and community programs based on census data.
- Census information helps to determine where we locate schools, immigrant resource facilities, hospitals, public safety facilities and other important services and resources.
- Businesses make important investment decisions based on census data.
New for 2020 – you can take the census online! It will only take a few minutes. Don’t have a computer or smart phone? Stop by the Mount Rainier public library or Mount Rainier City Hall and use their computers to complete the census. They even have staff available to help.
The census is private and confidential. Federal law (Title 13) protects your information. It’s against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census or survey information that identifies an individual or businesses. In fact, Census Bureau employees take a lifetime oath and are subject to a $250,000 fine and five years in federal prison for a violation of this law.
Email Councilmember Celina Benitez if you’d like to learn more about how you can help make sure that every person in The City of Mount Rainier is counted.