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Posted on: February 6, 2020

Census 2020: Counting Everyone Living in the United States

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

5What is the U.S. Census? 

Since 1790, every 10 years, everyone who lives in the country is counted, as required by the U.S. Constitution. They collect basic information, such as age, sex, and race, for every person in every household. Starting in the spring of 2020, everyone will be asked to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.

Why is the 2020 Census important for you? 

The 2020 Census is much more than just a headcount. It also gives you an opportunity to shape the future for yourself, your family, and your community. Data collected through the census:

  • It provides a picture of our nation and its communities and helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses.
  • Informs the allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funding to states and communities each year for programs that support education, housing, health facilities, transportation, emergency services, food assistance, and more.
  • Determines how many representatives each state will have in Congress.

Census responses also help your community in other ways. For example, the information can be used to help protect civil rights laws and determine when services should be provided in other languages. The information can also attract businesses that cater to communities with diverse populations. It can help employers better understand the local talent pool and provide new job opportunities.

Who is counted in the 2020 Census? 

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States on April 1-no matter where they are from, why they are here in the United States, and whether or not they are documented. This includes temporary workers, international students, and workers on assignment from overseas.

Will my information be kept safe? 

Yes. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect the privacy and confidentiality of everyone who responds to the census. These protections ensure the personal information you provide cannot be used against you in any way.

It is important to count every person living in your household, even if they are staying only temporarily. This includes relatives, nonrelatives, and children as young as one day old.

For more information, visit: 2020CENSUS.GOV

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