English Census 2020
 

 

CENSUS 101: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The 2020 Census is closer than you think!
Here’s a quick refresher of what it is and why it’s essential that ever yone is counted.

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.

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 in the Constitution.

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 1790.

It means $675 billion.

Census data
determine how
more than $675
billion are spent,
supporting your
state, county and
community’s vital
programs.

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.

Taking part is your civic duty.

Completing the census is required: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”


 

 

Census data are
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.

 

Local governments use the
census for public safety and
emergency preparedness.


Real estate developers use
the census to build new homes and
revitalize old neighborhoods.

Your privacy is protected.

It’s against the law for the
Census Bureau to publicly
release your responses in any
way that could identify you or
your household.

By law, the Census Bureau
cannot share your answers with
any other government agency.

2020 will be easier
than ever.

In 2020, you will be
able to respond to the
census online.

You can help.

You are the expert—we need your ideas on the best way to
make sure everyone in your community gets counted.