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Census 2020: Home

This guide provides information and answers general questions regarding participation in the 2020 Census

Why the Census Matters

The Census is a critical tool used by local, state, and the federal government to determine how funds are allocated, determining infrastructure needs in a community(such as building hospitals, police departments, schools, etc.) and determining Congressional representation. Data collected by the Census is also heavily utilized by researchers, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. By participating and providing accurate information regarding your household, you're helping policymakers distribute resources more equitably for the next decade.

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Responding to the Census

Data Privacy

Questions Asked

  • How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020?

    • Here, you'll count everyone living and sleeping in your home most of the time, including young children, roommates, and friends and family members who are living with you, even temporarily.

  • Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2020, that you did not include in Question 1?

    • Mark all that apply: Children, related or unrelated, such as newborn babies, grandchildren, or foster children; relatives, such as adult children, cousins, or in-laws; nonrelatives, such as roommates or live-in babysitters, and people staying here temporarily.

  • Is this house, apartment, or mobile home ...

    • Owned by you or someone in this household with a mortgage or loan? Include home equity loans. Is it owned by you or someone in this household free and clear (without a mortgage or loan)? Rented? Occupied without payment of rent?

  • What is your telephone number?

    • **Note: The Census Bureau asks for your phone number in case there are any questions about your census form. We will only contact you for official census business, if needed.**

  • What is Person 1's name?

  • What is Person 1's sex?

  • What is Person 1's age and what is Person 1's date of birth?

  • Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?

  • What is Person 1's race?

  • Print name of Person 2.

  • Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else? 

  • How is this person related to Person 1?

If there are more individuals in a household, you will be able to submit basic information for each person.

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