April 1, 2020
Countdown to Census Day:
2020 Census: Shape Your Future. Start Here.
The City of Hammond’s motto for the 2020 Census is “Get ready…get set…go!” Census Day is Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and there will be events all over the City in the upcoming months engaging residents and organizations about the importance of the Census its benefits to our community.
Hammond currently has a population of 80,830, which makes us the largest city in northwest Indiana. In order for us to remain the most populous city in northwest Indiana, we are partnering with different organizations and our residents to assist the City in making sure that everyone is counted. This includes historically undercounted populations such as African Americans, Hispanics, Chinese, children aged 0 to 5 years old, immigrants, college students, veterans, and the homeless.
Hammond has a large number of households whose primary language is Spanish or are considered to be bilingual. These households will have Census materials available to them in Spanish as well as English. There will also be field representatives from the Census Bureau who speak Spanish and mailings sent to these households in this language.
Hammond also has a large population of Chinese immigrants that currently live here. To make sure the Census will be accessible to them, this population can access the Census online in Chinese (Simplified). Respondents can also answer the Census via phone in Chinese, where they have the option of responding to a live person in Mandarin or Cantonese.
Since 1790, a decennial Census has occurred that not only determines the population in cities and towns but assists in the appropriation of nearly $675 billion dollars from the federal government annually. The State of Indiana receives nearly $18 billion annually from the federal government to assist local governments as they provide services such as education, assistance to businesses, public safety, healthcare, road improvements and housing to its residents.
Households will receive an invitation to fill out the Census via mail between March 12-20, 2020. For the first time ever, the Census will ask people to fill out this information online, but there are still options to fill out the survey via paper or telephone. The Census will be available in English and in 58 other languages, and the survey by phone will be available in English and in 12 other languages. Residents can also request information in Braille and large print, or request assistance in American Sign Language.
We are encouraging everyone to fill out the forms online, via phone or request a paper application to fill out this information. If you do not respond in these formats prior to May 1, 2020, the Census Bureau will send a field representative to your home to complete the questionnaire between May and July 2020.
The draft version of the Census form is also located here. As you can see, the Census will not ask a Citizenship question on its form. It is essential for everyone to fill out the form completely with accurate information about who lives in your household. The information collected is confidential by federal law, and will not be used for anything else except to ensure an accurate count of the City’s population.
The Census Bureau is also in the process of hiring people to help them gather this important data in its efforts to count everyone. If you are interested in employment opportunities in your area, which includes enumerators, translators, and field representatives, please go to www.2020Census.gov/jobs to submit an application.
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact The Department of City Planning at (219) 853-6397, ext. 3 for more information. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtags #HammondCounts or #HammondCuentas. You can also go the Census website at www.2020census.gov to find flyers, videos and other information regarding the Census that you can share with your family, friends and community. Thanks for your help in shaping Hammond’s future by being counted in the 2020 Census!