The 2020 Census will shape your future.
Every 10 years, the United States counts everyone living in the country on April 1, no matter where they are from, what language they speak, or why they are in the country. The count includes children and newborn babies, citizens and non-citizens, and temporary residents. We need your help informing your neighbors, friends and business associates with the facts. Download and share this Census 2020 Fact Sheet.
Households will receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20, 2020. There are additional reminders to respond that will be mailed throughout the month. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail. If a household does not respond to the 2020 Census, a census taker will follow up in person to collect their response. This will occur between May-July.
Responding is important for your family and community.
The information collected in the census will inform the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds each year. These funds impact critical services, including education, health care, senior centers, and public transportation.
Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of needs, including new roads, schools, and emergency services. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores.
The 2020 Census asks how many people are living or staying at each address. For each person, the Census will ask about name, sex, age, date of birth, relationship, Hispanic origin, and race. It also will ask whether the housing unit, such as the house, apartment, or mobile home, is owned or rented, and for contact information in case additional information is needed.
Responding is easy.
Beginning in mid-March 2020, every household in the United States will receive a notice to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Click here to view a sample letter. The form asks a handful of basic questions and will be available in many languages. From May – July 2020, census takers will visit households that have not yet responded. A census taker can assist if you need help completing your form.
If you need language assistance, please learn more here.
Responding is safe.
Your personal information is confidential and protected by law. Your responses can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine your eligibility for government benefits. Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.Avoiding ScamsIt is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:
If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
- Your Social Security number.
- Your bank account or credit card numbers.
- Money or donations.
- In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.
- First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
- If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.
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