Once a decade, America comes together to participate in the decennial
census, creating national awareness of the census and statistics. Beginning in March,
you can complete the census online, by phone or by mail. Until then, here’s what you
need to know about the 2020 Census:
• Everyone counts. The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only
once, and in the right place.
• It’s about fair representation. The results are used to reapportion the House of
Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
• It’s in the constitution. The U.S. Constitiution requires a census every 10 years.
• Your data are confidential. Federal law protects your census responses. Your
answers can only be used to produce statistics.
• It’s about redistricting. State officials use the results to redraw the boundaries of
their congressional and state legislative districts.
• It means $675 billion. Census data determine how more than $675 billion are
spent, supporting our state, county and community’s vital programs.