2020 Census Count is Underway Now
The U.S. Constitution mandates that a count of the entire population take place every decade. The process is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The data gathered from the decennial count is used to determine the number of Representatives each state will have in Congress. It’s also used to redistrict state and county political maps, and the amount each state gets from various federal funding programs is tied to its census-determined population.
For the first time, households will be able to participate in the federal questionnaire by using their phone, tablet or computer.
The questionnaire, which can be completed online, by phone, or in paper form by mail, will ask how many people are living in the household, what type of property it is, and each resident’s name, gender, and age. The Census will not ask for a person’s Social Security number, bank account number, credit card number, immigration status, or for donations.
For more information, go to www.2020census.gov.