What is the decennial census?
The census is required by the Constitution, and has been conducted since 1790. Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to count everyone living in all 50 states, D.C. and 5 U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
Why do we have a census?
Census data is used by the government in a variety of important decisions, including allocation of nearly $1 trillion in federal funds each year; determination of where roads, bridges, and schools will be built; and apportionment of federal, state, and local government representatives for communities.
Who is counted in the Census?
Everyone living in all 50 states, D.C. & 5 U.S. Territories is required to complete the census, regardless of immigration or citizenship status When you respond to the census, you tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
How is the census taken?
By April 1, every household will receive an invitation to complete the census either online, by phone, or by mail. There are special efforts underway by the Census Bureau to count the homeless and people living in group quarters such as nursing homes, student dormitories, and prisons. For more information about special circumstances, visit https://2020census.gov/en/who-to-count.html
What questions will be asked on the census?
The 2020 census will ask questions such as:
The census will not ask about citizenship or immigration status.
Is the census only in English?
Is information taken by the census private?
The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep identifiable information confidential. Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. Census workers take an lifetime oath to protect the privacy of respondents and face jail time and/or heavy fines if they violate that oath.
Why should nonprofits care about the census?
Many communities that are served by nonprofits are at risk of being undercounted in the census, resulting in less funding and resources being allocated to those communities. Groups traditionally undercounted include communities of color, low-income households, immigrants, and young children.
With the 2020 Census being a “digital-first” census for the majority of households, it’s important for advocates and the general public to understand the internet self response (ISR) portal experience. https://censuscounts.org/wp-