The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years. The census covers the entire country and everyone living here. The first census was in 1970.
It’s about fair representation.
Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
It’s about redistricting.
After each census, state officials use the results to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts adapting to population shifts.
It means $675 billion.
Census data determines how more than $675 billion is spent. Supporting state, city and county programs. When people don’t respond, communities lose up to $2,000 per person each year.
Census data is being used all around you.
Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality of life and consumer advocacy.
Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, which create jobs.
Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.
Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness.
Your data is confidential.
Federal law protects your census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. By law, your information cannot be shared with immigration enforcement agencies or law enforcement agencies. It also cannot be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits.
2020 will be easier than ever.
In 2020, you will be able to respond to the census only, by phone or by mail.