The census also determines the number of seats each state has in the US House of Representatives.
The census is completely confidential, your data will be secure, and there is no citizenship question on it.
We are now entering the nonresponse follow up period, where census representatives will follow up with households who have not yet responded, as well as in person group enumeration (homeless shelters, assisted living centers, and other group living quarters). Households can still continue to complete the census online.
October 31: Last day for households to self respond online by phone or mail.
Will My Information Stay Confidential?
Yes, absolutely. There is a federal law that protects your census information. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to share any census information of an individual. This includes sharing information to governmental agencies including ICE. The penalty for breaking the law is imprisonment and/or a fine up to $250,000. The Census Bureau has a robust cyber security program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
Will There Be a Question on the Census Asking If I am a Citizen?
Can I Skip Questions?
The best way to avoid
a phone call or visit from a census worker is
to complete all the questions truthfully. And
please make sure everyone in your household
is counted — every adult, child, and baby.
If I Live in Multiple Location, Where Should I Fill Out the Census?
In general, count where you live and sleep the most. If you share your time equally among locations, such as a child in equal custody, count where you are April 1, 2020. Special Attention to:
Recent Mover: Count yourself at your new address if you moved in by April 1, 2020.
A Renter: Count yourself where you live even if you don’t own the home. Don’t forget to include any family or roommates that live with you!
A College Student: Make sure that you are counted in your dorm or off-campus housing. Even if you go home for school breaks and even if this home is international, count yourself at school since that is where you live a majority of the time.
A Resident of a Group Facility: Those who may live in college dorms, military barracks, nursing homes, group homes, shelters, psychiatric facilities or correctional facilities will have Census Bureau employees come work with representatives of your building to ensure that you are counted.
Should Kids Be Counted?
Do I Count Newborns?
Should I Count Other Families Living With Me?
How Can I Complete the Census?
You have options. You can fill out the census on a computer (at home or at a library), or over the phone. For help on how to respond, call 1-877-352-3676. For information and assistance, call NALEO Educational Fund’s toll-free bilingual hotline: 1-877-EL-CENSO (352-3676)
I Am Pregnant, How Should I Fill Out The Census?
Every child born on or before April 1st, 2020 should be counted.
I Am Not in the Country Legally. Should I Take the Census?
YES. By law, the census cannot report your answers to any immigration authorities, law enforcement, or people in charge of government benefits. Everyone living in the U.S. at the time of the census should be counted, no matter their citizenship or immigration status.
I have more people living with me than my landlord knows. I shouldn’t list them, should I?
Everyone must be listed, according to the U.S. Constitution. The census will not report your answers to your landlord or anyone else. Please make sure all people living in your household, or property, on April 1st, 2020 are counted.