Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Here is where you can learn more about the 2020 Census:
- 2020 Census Website
- Census 101: What You Need to Know (PDF)
- How the 2020 Census Will Invite Everyone to Respond (PDF)
- 2020 Census Safety and Security (PDF)
- Ways to Respond
The 2020 Census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. To learn what basic information will be collected click here. You should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020. You can respond online, by phone or mail.
Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
Looking for more information about Census jobs? Visit https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html