What Is The Census?
Every 10 years, the Census Bureau conducts a complete count of all individuals living in the United States and U.S. territories as required by the U.S. Constitution.
That count produces a data set that is fed into federal and state formulas. Those formulas determine how many political representatives each community is entitled to and how much funding each community will receive for services like:
Healthcare Education Transportation Housing Employment Opportunities
The amount of funding is significant. Nearly 800 billion dollars is spent each year on programs like SNAP/WIC, affordable housing programs, senior citizens centers, elder care medical services, schools, teachers, libraries, public transportation, highways and roads, hospitals, healthy food programs, early childhood programs, after school programs, college funding and more.
If your community is under counted on the census, you're missing out on your fair share of resources and funding.
Who must be counted?
All of us.
Every individual that lives in the United States and U.S. Territories— regardless of citizenship— must be counted in the census. This includes children, U.S. military personnel that live abroad, homeless populations, and even non-relatives who live in your household, such as boarders and employees.
Is my information
Under title 13 of the U.S. Code, private information - your personal information - can not be published or shared. It is against the law to disclose or publish any private information that identifies an individual or business that includes names, addresses (including GPS coordinates), Social Security Numbers, and telephone numbers, etc.. Census Bureau staff take a lifetime oath to protect all census data and to keep it private (and they risk up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if they were to ever break that oath).