Your Guide to the 2020 Census
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The U.S. Constitution mandates a count of every resident in the United States once each decade.
This count is used as the basis of determining the number of congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds each year to support states, counties and communities’ housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy programs.
Why respond to the census questionnaire?
Responding to the 2020 census is an easy, safe, and important way to help provide resources for your community for the next 10 years.
Responding is easy.You can respond online or by phone in many different languages. Help is available right in your community.
Responding is safe. Your information is protected by law and cannot be shared or used against you.
Responding is important. A complete count helps ensure that services like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and public transportation can support those who need them.
How is the census data being used, and how does this affect you, your family, and your community?
- States, local governments, private organizations and researchers use census data to plan and target services, programs and new structures to serve the needs of residents.
- States rely on federal funds, determined by the census, to help support Medicaid, Medicare, Federal Direct Student Loans, SNAP, and highway planning and construction.
- Local governments and community planners use census data to decide whether and where to build new hospitals, schools, playgrounds, libraries, day care centers, and other community resources.
- Businesses and developers use census data to help determine where to open new factories, manufacturing centers, locations for new stores, the best places for new housing and the types of housing needed to best serve the residents’ needs.
- Scientists, public health officials, researchers and school leaders use the data to identify demographic shifts, economic shifts and emerging patterns to project trends and the needs for new and/or different services to support each community’s residents.
Complete the 2020 Census here.
You can also complete it by phone.