United States Census 2020

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  1. What is the Census?

    The U.S. Constitution asks all residents to complete the Census form once every 10 years.

    The goal of the 2020 Census is to Count Everyone Once, Only Once, and in the Right Place.

    The 2020 Census is safe, secure, and good for your community.

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  2. Is the Census safe and confidential?

    Yes. Your Census responses are safe and secure. Information collected as part of the 2020 Census cannot be shared with or by other governmental agencies or used against you in any way. Title 13 of the US constitution requires that responses to the Census Bureau surveys and censuses be kept confidential and used for statistical purposes only.

    No person will be asked if they are a legal US citizen.

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  3. Why is the Census important?

    An accurate Census count helps determine equitable access to essential services, like health care, during national emergencies and every day.

    The Census data collected determines the allocation of $600 billion in federal funds annually to provide resources for communities in need. Census data impacts funding for our schools, health services, child care, emergency services and many other programs.

    As we face this public health crisis, the needs of our community are more visible than ever. Participating in the Census now helps secure future funding for our communities. Census data is important because it determines everything from how much funding is provided for schools and housing to how resources get distributed for healthcare during emergencies. Emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic are precisely why the government needs accurate Census data to ensure there are enough hospitals and health resources in our community.

    It is extremely important that you count everyone living in your home. This includes children ages zero to five. All children who live in your home — including foster children, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews — must be counted.

    Each decade, the census data reveals where populations have risen or fallen, allowing State legislatures or independent commissions to determine new congressional districts, ultimately impacting our political representation in the House of Representatives.

    When you’re filling out the Census, you’re giving a voice to your community, and you’re telling your family’s story.

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  4. How is Census data used?

    Census data helps businesses, researchers, and policymakers make decisions. The data could show, for example, that your community needs a new hospital, more funding for school lunches, new roads or bridges, or more services for single-parent families.

    If you are left uncounted, your county will lose $2,000 every year for the next 10 years. For example, if a family of five does not complete their census by July 2020, their county will lose $100,000 in the next ten years from one family alone.

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  5. What is the 2020 Census Timeline?

    Countdown to Complete Census






    Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

    Census takers are hired from your area, and their goal is to help you and everyone in your home be counted in the 2020 Census. If the census taker who visits your home does not speak your language, you may request a return visit from a census taker who does speak your language.

    October 5, 2020

    The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced it would cut the 2020 Census deadline a month earlier than expected. The final day to be counted is now October 5th, 2020 online, in person, or via the phone.

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  6. How can I complete the Census?

    The Census will be available for you to complete until October 5, 2020.

    Starting August 11, 2020, Census enumerators can knock on your door if you have not completed your Census. Enumerators are hired from your area, and their goal is to help you and everyone in your home be counted.

    You can continue practicing social distancing by filing out the form from the comfort of your own home: