2020 Census Information

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    The Census: Trust and Safety Information English | Spanish
    The Census: Confidentiality Information English | Spanish

    The 2020 US Census is happening now! Please complete your Census forms if you haven’t already completed it. EVERYONE needs to be counted. Every household should fill it out. The form can be completed online, on the phone, or by mail. It only takes about 5 minutes to fill out. 


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    Why We Conduct This Count

    The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

    The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

    Why It’s Required

    Getting a complete and accurate census count is critically important. That’s why your response is required by law. If you do not respond, the U.S. Census Bureau will follow up in person to collect your response.

    Why is the census so important? The results are used to determine how much funding local communities receive for key public services and how many seats each state gets in Congress. State and local officials also use census counts to draw boundaries for congressional, state legislative, and school districts.

    And while you are required by law to participate, the Census Bureau is also required by law to protect your answers. Your responses are used only to produce statistics. The Census Bureau does not disclose any personal information.

    Our Legal Duty To Protect Your Information

    The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.

    This law protects your answers to the 2020 Census. Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous: The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home.

    FAQs about Census Safety and Security

    Does the 2020 Census ask about citizenship status?

    NO. The 2020 Census does not ask whether you or anyone in your home is a U.S. citizen.

    Are non-citizens counted in the census?

    YES. Everyone counts. The 2020 Census counts everyone living in the country, including non-citizens. Learn more about who should be counted when you complete the 2020 Census.

    Can my answers be shared with law enforcement or used against me?

    1. The law prevents the Census Bureau from sharing your information with law enforcement. Your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits. Your answers are only used to create statistics about our country. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to protect your personal information and keep it strictly confidential. That’s every answer, to every question.

    What questions WILL NOT be asked by the Census Bureau?

    During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:

    • Your Social Security number.
    • 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. For more information, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.