• In April of 2020, the federal government will begin asking people a list of questions to complete the 2020 Census. The census is conducted every 10 years and is mandated by the U. S. Constitution.

    The purpose of the census is to count every person living in the United States. The results of the census determine your congressional representation as well as federal funding for states and communities.

    Every year, more than $ 675 billion goes toward hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and more.  

    By April 1, 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You'll then have three ways to respond: online, by mail, or by phone.

    Your responses to the following questions are kept confidential and the Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information and data and is authorized for statistical purposes only.

    People can expect to be asked:

    • How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020.This will help count the country's population, and ensure that we count people once, only once, and in the right place according to where they live on Census Day.
    • Whether their home is owned or rented. Thiswill help produce statistics about homeownership and renters. The rates of homeownership serve as one indicator of the nation's economy. They also help in administering housing programs and informing planning decisions.
    • About the sex of each person in the household. Thishelps generate statistics about males and females, which can be used in planning and funding government programs. The data can also be used to enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination·.
    • About the age of each person in the household. Similarto recording the sex of each person, the U. S. Census Bureau creates statistics to better understand the size and characteristics of different age groups. Agencies use this data to plan and fund government programs that support specific age groups, including children and older populations.
    • About the race of each person· in the household. Thiswill help produce statistics about race and to present other statistics by racial groups. This data helps federal agencies monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as under the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act.
    • About whether a person in the household is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin. Theseresponses help create statistics about this ethnic group. This is needed by federal agencies to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as those under the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
    • About the relationship of each person in the household to one central person. Thisallows the Census Bureau to create· estimates about families, households, and other groups. Relationship data are used in planning and funding government programs that support families, including people raising children alone, and other households that qualify for additional assistance.
    • About the citizenship status· of each person. A question about a person's citizenship is used to create statistics about citizen and noncitizen populations. These statistics are essential for enforcing the Voting Rights Act and its protections against voting discrimination·.

    The Census Bureau will never ask you for:

    • Your Social Security number.
    • Money or donations.
    • Anything on behalf of a political party.
    • Your bank or credit card account numbers.

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