Don't Forget to Complete the 2020 Census

Posted on 04/01/20

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Even though these are difficult and uncertain times, it is still vitally important that Coloradans take a few minutes and fill out the 2020 Census. The Census count helps determine, among other things, vital federal funding for all kinds of programs.

Colorado receives an average of $13 billion in federal funding annually using data from the 2010 Census.

These programs include medical assistance, school lunches, housing, energy assistance, road construction, business loans, Head Start, WIC, federal transit grants, and many more. It determines where to build new schools, hospitals and businesses and how many representatives each state will have in Congress.

Many people have already received a packet from the Census, but if you have not or can’t find your packet, you can take the Census today online at or by calling 1-844-330-2020.

The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect the privacy and confidentiality of everyone who responds to the census. Your personal information cannot be used against you in any way. By law, your personal information cannot be shared with anyone else and it can’t be accessed by the police department, DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA.

Beware of scammers who might use the Census as a means to get your personal information. Look for these red flags: an e-mail claiming to be from the Census Bureau – legitimate contact is almost always done by mail; A person pretending to be Census worker asks for money, financial information such as a bank account or account balance, credit card information or your Social Security number; or threatens to have your arrested.

If you have a concern a Census worker is not legitimate or have questions about what is being asked call the AARP Fraud Watch Network at

Take the census online today and count everyone staying in your house. If you do not have a Census ID number, just click "If you do not have a Census ID, click here" below the login button. Be safe. Be well. Be Counted!

This story is provided by AARP Colorado. Visit the AARP Colorado page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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