• In Apil 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 .This will 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 .This helps 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 .Similar to 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 .This will help· produce· statistics· about race and to present other statistics· by racial groups . This data help· 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· .These responses 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· .This allows 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· .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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