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Protecting the Count in the 2020 Census

Post Date:02/27/2020 12:51 PM

The Census is Safe and Secure

Here's How We Can All Protect the Count in 2020

As we increasingly rely on getting our news and information online from a variety of sources, the potential for spreading erroneous information or rumors increase (just look at how fast the broom standing by itself trick went viral). Finding fact in our everyday news and navigating through online scams is a difficult task. This is especially important to be aware of when it comes to the upcoming census. The U.S. Census Bureau is dedicated to protecting the public from misinformation about the 2020 Census.

Know the facts about the 2020 Census and what to expect with the census questionnaire.  The census does not ask for social security numbers, bank account information or other sensitive information. It does ask for name, relation to head of household, age, birthday, sex, and race of each member of your household. For the head of household, it also asks about homeownership and the telephone number.

Report inaccurate, suspicious or fraudulent information you read, hear or spot online using the methods outlined below.

Reporting Rumors and Misinformation

  • You will only be contacted by an employee from the Census Bureau if you do not complete the census by April 1, or if you submit an incomplete questionnaire.
  • Report suspicious information to
  • Flag suspicious information on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube all have ways for users to flag suspicious or fraudulent posts.
  • Call the Census Bureau Customer Service Hotline at 1-800-923-8282 to report suspicious activity.
  • Reach out to the Census Bureau on their verified social media accounts (@uscensusbureau).

Why Does it Matter?

The census is one of the most important events that Americans participate in.  Every ten years we have the civic duty to be counted, which determines the number of seats each state gets in Congress and how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for state and local programs EVERY YEAR FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS.  Flawed census data can have real consequences, resulting in inadequate services available in our community over the next ten years.  Planning for city infrastructure projects, health care facilities, education programs and classrooms, as well as business decisions in the private sector are done utilizing census data.  An under count in the census has a widespread impact on such projects and services.

Be a hero by participating in the census and by helping to protect the accuracy of the count by reporting inaccurate and suspicious information and rumors directly to the U.S. Census Bureau.

For more information about the 2020 Census, visit

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