What you need to know

The 2020 Census will take place on April 1st, 2020.

Everyone is legally required to respond to the U.S. Census. You could be subject to a fine or limited prison term for not responding or providing false answers. 

Information to be collected for each person in a household includes:

  • Age
  • Hispanic Origin
  • Race
  • Relationship
  • Sex
  • Tenure (Owner/Renter)


How the information will be used

The US Census Bureau will use the information you provide for statistical purposes only.

Under Title 13 of the US Code, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about individuals, households, or businesses, even to law enforcement agencies. All Census Bureau staff take a lifetime oath to protect personal information, and any violation comes with a penalty of up to $250,000 and/or up to 5 years in prison.

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