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 much more.
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.