Participating in the 2020 Census is extremely important, and you can help by encouraging your fellow citizens to participate in the Census, directing people to the Census website if they have questions, or working for the U.S. Census Bureau.
Here are some of the many reasons why the Census matters:
- Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
- The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
- It’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics.
The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. 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.