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2020 Census

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What is the 2020 Census?

Be counted logo for the 2020 Census.A count of every person living in the United States, regardless of immigration or citizenship status. A census is required by the U.S. Constitution every ten years.

Who is Required to Respond?

Everyone living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.

Why Do I Have to Do This?

Your quality of life and that of your community depend on it. Census data determines the distribution of over $700 billion in federal government resources; funding and placement of public services and infrastructure; and much more.

When is the Census?

The U.S. Census Bureau will mail postcards to every household in the United States starting in March 2020. The postcard will request each household to complete the survey by Census Day on April 1, 2020.

How Do I Complete the Census?

You can complete the census online, by telephone, or by mail. You can fill out your survey using any internet-enabled device (cellphone, computer, tablet, etc.)

Is The Census Confidential?

Yes. Responses to the census are confidential. Other government agencies cannot access your responses, and it is illegal for the Census Bureau to share your information. Census information is used for statistical purposes only.

What Will They Ask Me?

The 2020 Census will ask:

  • How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020.
  • Whether the home is owned or rented.
  • About the race, sex, and age of each person in your home.
  • About whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.
  • About the relationship of each person in your home.

What Will They Not Ask Me?

The Census will never ask:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • For money or donations.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers.

If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate.

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