Every 10 years, the census counts everyone living in the United States.
What is the census?
Every ten years, the census counts everyone living in the country. including non-citizens. The census asks basic questions, like age, name, race, and ethnicity, about each person that lives in your household. The 2020 Census will NOT ask about a person's immigration or citizenship status.
The U.S. Constitution requires a population count to make sure the government represents the people. A complete count of the total population is needed to determine a lot of things that affect your community. It helps to decide how much funding your community receives for schools, roads, hospitals, and emergency services. It also determines the number of seats each state receives in the house of representatives.
A new school to ease overcrowded classrooms. A new road to ease overcrowded commutes. There are many ways the 2020 Census can shape your community. The results collected once a decade, help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. If you or your community is under-counted, it will impact funding and representation in your area for the next TEN YEARS.
The information you give in the census is protected by law. The Census Bureau is not allowed to share your personal information with anyone, including ICE, police, or any other government agencies. Every census employee takes an oath to protect your information for life. Violations can result in a federal prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. The census only asks ten questions and you will have three options for responding: online, by phone, and by mail. If you need help completing the census, a census worker can help you over the phone in the language of your choice. Call 844-330-2020.
If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time. If someone is staying in your home on April 1, and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 Census.
It is important to remember to count any children who are living with you even if they are not related to you.
Learn more about who gets counted and where to count them by clicking the link below.