|What questions does the census ask?
The questionnaire asks for a count of people living in your home, their names, and relationship. It also asks whether you rent or own your home, in addition to statistical questions about the age, gender, race and/or ethnic origin of everyone living in your household.
Do I have to answer all of the questions?
You can skip questions on the census form and it will still be counted by the Census Bureau. However, if you return an incomplete questionnaire, you may receive a follow-up phone call or in-person visit from a census worker who will attempt to gather the missing information.
Will the census ask about citizenship or immigration status?
No. The 2020 Census will NOT ask about citizenship.
The purpose of the census is to count EVERYONE who lives in the U.S. and its territories. This includes citizens, non-citizen legal residents, non-citizen long-term visitors, and undocumented immigrants.
What happens if I don’t respond to the census?
The U.S. Constitution requires the completion of a census every 10 years, so the Census Bureau will make every effort to ensure you are included in the count. If you choose not to respond online, by phone or via paper questionnaire, a census worker will conduct an in-person visit to your household to gather the information.
Who has access to census responses?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau: “Census responses are confidential. In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.”
U.S. law strictly prohibits the Census Bureau from sharing personal census responses, or any information that personally identifies you, with anyone—including law enforcement, courts, or any other government agency.
How will my data be protected?
The Census Bureau’s technology is fully “locked down” so that it can only be accessed by fully vetted individuals who are trained in data and cyber security.
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