What is the Census?
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and others use to provide services, products, and support for you and your community. Billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
How will the census data be used?
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
How does the census affect representation?
The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more.
How do I take the census?
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: Online, by phone and by mail. In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.We will also be tabling around campus to make it easier for you to take the Census.
Is my census data safe?
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