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Census 2020! Don't Forget to Respond


What is the census? The census is a count for every person who lives in the United States and her territories. It paints a statistical portrait of our nation and her communities.

How does your response to the census affect your community? Your response to the census ensures that your community gets funds that it needs. The census data guides how more than $675 billion dollars in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year for schools, health care facilities, roads, transportation, recreation centers, social services, and more. 

Census data helps businesses make data-driven decisions that grow the economy. It impacts your daily life with informing important decisions about funding for services and infrastructure in your community. 

Who do I count in my census? Those living in your home such as: children, newborn babies, citizens and noncitizens, relatives and nonrelatives, and even those staying with you temporarily.

Is the response easy and is it in my language? The census is in 13 different languages, and you can complete it online, by mail, or by phone. Households that do not respond in one of these three ways will be visited by a census taker to collect the information in person.

Is my response safe and secure? Yes. The law requires the U.S. Census Bureau to keep your information confidential, and your responses cannot be used against you in any way. Your answers to the census is used only to produce statistics and cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way.

Learn more about the census at 2020census.gov

To learn more about the statistics in schools program census.gov/schools