FAQs

Why is the 2020 Census important and how will my data be used? 

A lot of reasons other than it’s in the constitution and required by law. The Census is less than 10 questions, and not only impacts hundreds of billions of federal dollars; census data is used all around you. Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods; businesses use census data to decide where to build stores, restaurants, offices, and factories; State officials use the results to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts and the Census Bureau collects data year-round for emergency management professionals at the federal, state and local levels and much more. Remember your data is always safe. 

How do I complete the 2020 census? 

To complete the 2020 census online go to my2020census.gov, for more information and detailed instructions watch the video below. 

Is my information protected?

Yes. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.

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

What is the Census? 

Watch the video below and go here if you want more information on what the Census is. 

What does the census ask?

One person in each household is required by law to complete the census questionnaire. It is critical to fill a questionnaire out for each person living in your household. Everyone counts. 

The questionnaire has 10 questions that take about 10 minutes to answer and is broken into 3 home questions and these person questions:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Hispanic origin
  • Race
  • Relationship to the person completing the questionnaire

The 2020 Census will not include a citizenship question.

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