The census counts everyone once and only once based on where you are living on April 1, 2020.
This decade is the first time the census will utilize the internet. People can respond and participate online, but can also mail or telephone their information, like done in the past.
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The U.S. Census is a once in a decade count outlined in the Constitution designed to count everyone once.
It is utilized to make sure we have accurate representation in congress. Right now, there $675 billion in federal funds distributed based on the demographics represented in the census.
In addition, the numbers help us make business and policy decisions, fund how we build schools and hospitals, and make sure the right emergency management in place so everyone is safe in an emergency.
Absolutely. Your information is protected by federal law and sealed for 72 years.
We want to make sure everyone does this correctly.
If you are a snowbird or if you have two homes and live one part in one area and part of the year in another area, it is where you are 50 percent, plus one-night of the time.
If you are a student, it is where you live the majority of the time or where you live on April 1, 2020.
Everyone in your household counts. If you do have roommates, you will want to have a conversation with them so that when the census postcard is mailed to you, your household can decide to complete it as a household, or you can each decide to file separately. Please do whatever is easiest for your situation.
The Census takes place on April 1, 2020. There is a window of opportunity to respond from mid-March through mid-April 2020.
This is where the door-to-door census taker will stop by your house and ask you to fill out the census. They can also help you fill it out if you need help.
Also, please keep in mind that Census Takers, who are federal employees, may stop by to ask you some questions to verify they have a complete list of addresses for the actual census.
REMEMBER: Census workers will never ask you about your social security number or bank account information!