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Jun 24

What you need to know: The 2020 census and confidentiality

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 9:41 pm by Clay Curtin

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. 

Responses to the 2020 census are safe, secure and protected by federal law. Answers can only be used to produce statistics and cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are completely confidential. Everyone is encouraged to respond because the census helps communities get the funding they need and helps businesses make data-driven decisions that grow the economy. 

More than $675 billion in federal funding flows back to states and local communities each year based on census data. It goes to support services like health care, senior centers, roads, schools and businesses.

The Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information they collect and keep it strictly confidential. Every Census Bureau employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life. Your responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way.

This information and more can be found on the U.S. Census Bureau website.

The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting and distributing federal funds.