Replying to the 2020 Census helps ensure our community receives its share of funds over the next ten years for our schools, hospitals, community service organizations, businesses, and city services.
The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years, and each household is asked to count everyone living in their home as of April 1. In March, invitations to respond to the 2020 Census were mailed to every household in the United States, and reminders were sent to households that hadn’t responded.
It’s not too late to respond. If you complete the 2020 Census now, no one from the Census Bureau will need to visit your home when in-person Census operations resume. Every household has the option to respond online, by phone, or by mail.
Example of Census invitation mailed to households in March 2020
If you were planning food for a party, you would ask “How many people will be there?” The Census count is similar: states and communities receive federal funds for services that benefit us all, and Coralville’s share of that money is based on our population, ages, and what services our community is likely to need.
Your 2020 Census response guides how these funds will be distributed over the next ten years. When you respond to the Census, you help make sure that Coralville receives our share of these funds.
Due to COVID-19, U.S. Census Bureau employees will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distance to protect the health and safety of the public and Census Bureau employees during in-person operations.
Coralville residents can borrow laptops for use in the Library parking lot, and computers are available to use in the Library. Call 319.248.1870 to reserve a laptop or make a computer lab reservation.
When you respond online, the website will guide you through each census question. The census form is available in English and 12 additional languages. Videos and guides to the form are available in 59 languages. Language support
The US Census Bureau has an online map of the rates of household responses to the 2020 Census. As of mid-June, over 70% of all Coralville households had responded. View 2020 Census response rate map
You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people living in your home, including children. The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties. There is not a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the census. Cities, counties, libraries, universities, and even some non- profit organizations help inform residents about the census.
For more information, visit 2020census.gov.