The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
IT'S THE LAW
It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
[source: United States Census Bureau: https://2020census.gov/en/what-is-2020-census.html]
What Happens to My Data?
You are kept anonymous: The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home. The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics.
To confirm the 2020 Census questionnaire you received is legitimate:
1. Outer envelope's return address will say "U.S. Census Bureau" and "U.S. Department of Commerce."
2. Return address will also show:
U.S. Census Bureau
National Processing Center
100 Logistics Avenue
Jeffersonville, IN 47144
The website to complete your census form is: my2020census.gov
You may respond by mail, by telephone or online using the 12-character unique Census ID.
What Is the U.S. Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories.
Official website of the Census Bureau. Any questions regarding the invitation to fill out the census online, to respond by phone (844-330-2020,) or how to request a paper questionnaire, go to: https://2020census.gov/en.html
Every person living in the United States and its Territories on April 1, 2020.
Every adult and every child. Citizen and non-citizen. College students. Soldiers. Infants. Persons experiencing homelessness.
You can complete the census online or by phone in 13 different languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.
Example: How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020?
This webpage includes a link to a sample bilingual census questionnaire. Note: There is NO citizenship status question in 2020.