What questions will be asked?
  • How many people are living or staying at your residence? This is asked in order to get an accurate population count for every residence, and Census Block across the nation.
  • Any additional people living or staying at your residence? The question is asked a second time to help ensure that everyone is counted.
  • Does the householder own or rent the residence? To determine the economic health of a community and help plan housing assistance programs
  • Phone number. In case some answers are unclear.
  • Name of each resident. To ensure everyone is only counted once.
  • Sex. To create statistics pertaining to males and females, and to assist in anti-discrimination programs.
  • Age and Date of Birth. To understand the composition of the household, forecast population growth, and plan programs that serve specific age categories.
  • Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin. To help with anti-discrimination laws such as the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
  • Race. To help with anti-discrimination laws such as the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
  • Whether a person lives or stays somewhere else. To help ensure such individuals are counted once and only once.
  • Relationship. To determine how people in a household are related, and to plan programs that help families, single parents, or other households that might qualify for assistance.

No Longer Included:

  • Citizenship. This question is asked every year as part of the American Community Survey, but as announced on July 11, 2019, it will not be part of the 2020 Census that goes out to every residence in the nation.  



2020 Census: Why We Ask

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1. What is the Census?
2. How do I participate?
3. What questions will be asked?
4. Will my answers be shared with law enforcement or my landlord?
5. What is this letter from the Census Bureau that has nearly fifty questions?
6. What about phone calls, letters, or website popups that say they are from the Census Bureau but ask very personal questions?
7. Who is that guy outside who says he is from the Census Bureau?