Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the goal of the Census?

    The goal of the Census is to count every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories.

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  • Does the 2020 Census ask about citizenship status?

    NO. The 2020 Census does not ask whether you or anyone in your home is a U.S. citizen.

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  • Can my answers be shared with law enforcement or used against me?

    NO. The law prevents the Census Bureau from sharing your information with law enforcement. Your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits. Your answers are only used to create statistics about our country. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to protect your personal information and keep it strictly confidential. That’s every answer, to every question.

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  • What happens to my Census answers?

    Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home.

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  • What questions WILL NOT be asked by the Census Bureau?

    During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for: Your Social Security number; Money or donations; Anything on behalf of a political party; or your bank or credit card account numbers. If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam.

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  • Can I only take the census online?

    NO. The 2020 Census will be available online, by phone, and by mail. Online and phone responses can be completed in 13 languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese). A paper form will be mailed to every house that hasn’t responded already when we send our fourth mail piece out.

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  • How Long Does it Take To Complete the Census?

    Completing the census takes between 5-10 minutes, and it is private, safe and secure.

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  • Is the Census Available in Spanish?

    The census is available in 13 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, French, Haitian Creole and Japanese.

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  • Bottom Line

    Everyone counts – so share information with your friends, families and neighbors, too!

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