United States Census

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What is the U.S. Census? 

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts an official count of every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution. 

  • A questionnaire (like a survey)
  • Consists of nine questions
  • Counts every adult and child living in the U.S.
  • Occurs every 10 years
  • 2020 Census starts in early March
  • Determines the amount of money each state and city receives from the federal government for programs
  • Determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives (a process called apportionment)

How are states and cities impacted by the Census?

Census results impact policy and funding levels for years in cities and states. For every adult and every child that is not counted in the census, the state of Missouri will lose $1,300 in federal dollars every year. This money could go into roads and bridges, hospitals and schools.

The Census Bureau has reached out to municipalities throughout the country to help disseminate information about the Census to encourage residents to complete the Census. 

What does the Census ask? 

  • Nine simple questions about the people living in your household.
    • This includes name, age, race, sex and if you own or rent your home.
  • No question will ask if you are a citizen
  • No questions on income or politics

Who needs to respond? 

  • Every adult and child must be counted (all children, grandparents or other family members, friends and
    roommates living in your household)
  • Regardless of your citizenship or immigration status, you should respond.

How can I respond?

  • Respond online at: www.2020Census.gov.
  • Some census questionnaires will be mailed or hand-delivered.
    • This is because households may have limited internet access or older adults living in the home.
  • Available online and by phone in 13 languages. 
  • Non-English support materials available: language guides in American Sign Language (ASL), braille and large print.
  • Assistance will include telecommunications device for the deaf

Is it secure?

  • The U.S. Census Bureau will keep your info private. 
  • It is illegal for the Bureau to share your info with other government agencies, courts of law or private
    companies.
  • A census worker will never ask for your SSN or bank account/credit cards information. 
  • Censuses are never emailed
  • If you want to make sure the person at your door is really a census worker, check their badge.
    • All census workers have an official U.S. Census Bureau ID badge (including their name, picture, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date).

Information Source: U.S. Census Bureau partner – Missouri Foundation for Health (www.mffh.org/)