How to respond:
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete and you can respond to the Census in three ways:
Why is it important?
It affects everyone.
If you live in the United States, you are required to participate in the 2020 Census. A complete and accurate count is critical. The results of the census determines congressional representation as well as federal funding for states and communities. Every year, more than $675 billion goes toward libraries, hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and more. It's also mandated by the Constitution: The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
It affects your community.
According to the Reading Eagle : If the 1990 undercount estimate of 4 percent is the same in 2020, the county and its residents stand to lose more than $350 million in federal funding over the next ten years.
It affects you.
Your responses matter. They affect funding that impacts your everyday life. The roads you drive on, the businesses that open near you, and the money given to your community are all dependent on census responses.
The U.S. Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Your Social Security number
- Your bank account or credit card numbers
- Money or donations
- Anything on behalf of a political party
If a website, e-mail, or person claiming to be from the Census Bureau asks you for one of these things, you may be the target or victim of a scam.
Learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting the official U.S. Census Bureau website: 2020census.gov