As the state’s largest general farm organization, Oklahoma Farm Bureau members have stood together for more than seven decades as a united voice for the rural way of life.
In early 2020, the voices of Farm Bureau members will be needed more than ever. The U.S. Census Bureau decennial census will be conducted beginning in March 2020, and OKFB will be relying on all members to ensure rural communities receive the voice they deserve.
Your Voice Counts! The 2020 Census and Rural Oklahoma
OKFB President Rodd Moesel explains the importance of completing the 2020 Census and how Farm Bureau members across the state can get involved.
What is the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census will count every person living in the United States, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the U.S. Constitution and is conducted every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau.
In the spring of 2020, every household will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire online, by phone or by mail.
Why does the 2020 Census matter?
A complete and accurate count is critical for you, your family and your community because the census provides critical data that is used in a number of ways. Leaders and lawmakers use the results to determine how to distribute an estimated $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities for roads, schools, hospitals, emergency response services and much more. In fact, communities receive an estimated $1,700 per year per person counted.
Census data also will be used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
How do I respond to the 2020 Census?
Beginning in mid-March 2020, every household will receive an invitation to respond to the census. For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau will allow respondents to complete the census online. The questionnaire also can be completed by phone or by mail.
When completing the questionnaire, you should count every person living in your household on April 1, 2020. Learn more about special circumstances here.
In May 2020, the Census Bureau will begin following up in person with those who households have not responded.
What will the census ask?
The 2020 Census will ask:
- How many people are living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020.
- Whether the home is owned or rented.
- About the sex of each person in your home.
- About the age of each person in your home.
- About the race of each person in your home.
- About whether a person in your home is Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin.
- About the relationship of each person in your home.
Governments, businesses, communities and nonprofits all rely on the data these questions produce to make critical decisions.
Is the 2020 Census safe?
During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for your social security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, or your bank or credit card account numbers.
Remember: Your personal information is kept confidential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any information that identifies you personally. Your information is used for statistical purposes only.
Find more information about the 2020 Census on the U.S. Census Bureau website.
Census resources for Farm Bureau members
County Farm Bureaus interested in promoting the 2020 Census can download promotional materials here (password required for access).
Need help spreading the word about the 2020 Census? Contact the OKFB Communications and Public Relations Division at (405) 523-2300.