WHAT WILL I BE ASKED?
- How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020.
- Whether your home is owned or rented. The rates of homeownership serve as one indicator of the nation's economy and help in administering housing programs and informing planning decisions.
- The gender of each resident. This data helps create statistics used for planning and funding government programs and is also used to enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination.
- The age of each resident. Agencies use this data to plan and fund government programs that support specific age groups, including children and older adults.
- The race of each resident. This data helps monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions.
- About the relationship of each person in your home. Relationship data is used in planning and funding government programs that support families.
WHAT YOU WILL NEVER BE ASKED:
- Social Security number or any other identifying information
- For money or donations
- Anything on behalf of a political party
- Bank or credit card account numbers
If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the Census who asks you for one of these things, it is a scam; do not cooperate and report it to the police immediately.
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 United States Census. The results, collected once a decade as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
Of course, the census tells us much more than just the population of our country, state, and community. The census produces a wide range of statistics about the makeup of those populations, from age and race to home ownership data. These numbers are used to draw voting districts, determine representation in Congress, and help define how federal funds are spent on items such as roads, schools, and hospitals. Businesses use census data to decide where to put a store, office, or plant. These new locations create jobs and support the community’s economy.
The 2020 Census will use a new design that incorporates online and phone response options in addition to the traditional paper option. Your personal information is kept confidential. Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and ensures that it is never published and that answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
The results of the 2020 Census are critically important; this once-a-decade data helps businesses, researchers, and communities make important decisions. The data can help inform where your community needs a new fire department, more funding for school lunches, or even help respond to natural disasters. For more information, please visit 2020Census.gov.