2020 Census Response Deadline Extended -- RESPOND TODAY!

August 27, 2020

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Respond Today: Because Everyone Counts in Southfield!

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the deadline to respond the 2020 Census has been extended! Southfield’s response rate is currently at only 69.6% (as of: 9-1-20), so it is imperative that every household that still has not completed the 2020 Census do so as quickly as possible!

The United States Census is mandated by the Constitution to count the populations of states and territories every ten years. Census data is the basis for apportionment of the House of Representatives. It also guides federal assistance, particularly for grants supporting infrastructure and the social safety net. Medicaid alone accounts for 58 percent of census-guided funding.

Residents should have received their invitations in the mail to complete the 2020 Census in March. This mailing included all of the information that every resident needs to respond to the Census online, by phone or in the mail.

Simply logon to www.2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to complete the census for your household today!

It is vitally important that every Southfield resident participates as federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.  Local governments use the census data to ensure public safety and infrastructure and to plan critical programs and services.


Digital: The 2020 Census will be first to use the Internet as the primary (and preferred) means of collecting household data.


Census invitations were mailed to every household in the United States in March of 2020. Every resident 18 years of age and older must respond to the Census online,  by phone or in the mail. The Census Bureau must count everyone and submit state population totals to the President by December 31, 2020.


In 2010, the census missed about 2.1 percent of African-Americans and 1.5 percent of Hispanics nationally, together accounting for some 1.5 million.


  • The first Census was conducted in 1790 and has been carried out every 10 years since then. The next census will occur in 2030.
  • Your participation in the census is required by law. The U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 2) mandates a headcount of everyone residing in the United States.
  • The questions ask you to provide information that is accurate for your household as of April 1, 2020.
  • People should be counted where they live and sleep most of the year. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
  • Federal law protects the personal information you share during the census.
  • Households that do not respond by May will be called or visited by a Census worker! (Census workers can be identified by a census badge and bag.)
  • Census data is used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year.

Census workers will never ask for bank or social security information. All census information collected, including addresses, are confidential and protected by law. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with the FBI, IRS, CIA, Welfare, Immigration, or any other government agency. No court of law or law enforcement agency can find out respondents’ answers. All Census Bureau employees — including temporary employees — take an oath for life to keep census information confidential. Any violation of that oath is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and five years in prison.