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Information on the 2020 Census

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FAQs

Q: Why is the Census important? 

A: Census population statistics determine each state's number of representatives in Congress and the Electoral College. Federal fund amounts are also determined by Census data. State legislative districts are also determined by data gathered from the Census.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census every ten years, and the very first census was in 1790. 

Q. What information will be requested?

A: Basic information about the people living in your household.

The Census will never ask for social security numbers, credit card numbers or money.

Q. Do I have to take part in the census?

A. Yes. Response to the census is required by law (Title 13 of the U.S. Code). If you do not respond, a Census field representative will visit you to complete the questionnaire.

Q. In what languages will the online form be available? 
A: English, as well as Arabic, Chinese [Simplified], French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

Q. In what languages will the paper form be available? 

A: English and bilingual English-Spanish. 

Census Day
April 1, 2020

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