2020 Census—It’s Safe, Easy and Important!
Posted: March 9, 2020
The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories; it takes place every 10 years. By April 1, 2020 every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You can respond online, by phone or by mail; the online form is available in many different languages.
The following are answers to frequently asked questions.
- What’s in it for me?
Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads and more. Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future. It fulfills your civic duty because it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Is my information safe?
Your responses are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, the CIA, the DHS and not by ICE.
- When can I respond to the census?
You can respond as soon as you receive your invitation. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that have yet to respond.
- What will I be asked?
You will be asked a few simple questions like age, sex and the number of people who live in your home, including children.
- What won’t be asked?
The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.
For more information, visit the U.S. Census Bureau website.