What is the Census?
The United States Constitution mandates that the government counts all its citizens every 10 years.(Article 1, Section 2)
The first Census was conducted in 1790.
The census results determine congressional district boundaries, seats in the House of Representatives, and affects the distribution of federal and state funds. If the count is not accurate, communities may be under-represented and receive fewer resources.
The 2020 Census will begin on April 1, 2020. It is conducted by the Census Bureau, a division of the Commerce Department.
Title 13 of the United States Code addresses privacy concerns. Answers are kept confidential and can not be used against you by any government agency or court.
Only statistics are used in the data. No personal information, such as names, addresses, social security numbers or telephone numbers is published in the cenus.