Am I Required to Participate in the Census?
The U.S. Constitution requires a population count of everyone living in the country every 10 years. By participating in Census 2020, you are helping your community obtain it’s fair share of $700 billion in Federal funds annually over the next decade for vital programs, such as education (VPK, language assistance programs, transportation); health care (such as Medicare, Medicaid, KidCare); emergency preparedness (FEMA disaster assistance) and roadway improvements (safety enhancements, bridge maintenance, drainage). It’s safe and secure, and census data is protected by law.
When you receive the invitation to participate in the Census next year, it will have instructions to complete the form online. If you choose not to participate - online, by phone or by mail - then a Census Bureau employee will respond to your home to collect the information in person. Census enumerators are required to visit the home multiple times before they can mark an address as a "non response."
Getting a complete and accurate census count is critically important. That's why your response is required by law. And remember, census data is secure. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential. Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your household, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics.
It's your civic duty. We are counting on you for Census 2020!