How is the information that is collected used?,
Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
The data is also used to determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts. Minnesota currently has 8 seats in the House, but we’re at risk of losing one. A complete count gives our state the strongest possible voice in DC.
Are my answers safe?,
Yes, your information is confidential. The U.S. Census Bureau never identifies you individually. It combines your responses with information from other households or businesses to produce statistics, which never identify your household, any person in your household, or business.
Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information and violating this law is a crime with severe penalties. In addition, other federal laws, including the Confidential Statistical Efficiency Act and the Privacy Act reinforce these protections. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both.
No law enforcement agency (DHS, ICE, FBI or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding our community will receive.
What information will be asked?,
You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children.
What information will not be asked?,
There will be no citizenship question on the 2020 Census. In addition, the Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Social Security numbers.
- Bank or credit card account numbers.
- Money or donations.
- Anything on behalf of a political party.
What is the census?,
The U.S. census is a national population count that occurs
every 10 years.
What if I forgot to respond?,
If you haven’t responded by April 1, 2020, you will receive a
reminder and will eventually receive a paper questionnaire
in the mail. Census workers, also known as enumerators,
will only visit households that did not respond to the Census
survey in late April through early July 2020.
If I share a dwelling, how should I complete the census?,
The Census Bureau encourages residents to complete one
form per household to the best of your ability. However, if two
families live in one dwelling and complete two separate forms
under the same address, the U.S. Census Bureau will merge
those surveys. No individual will be omitted.
What if I’m moving or share custody?,
Census Day is April 1, 2020. If you’re moving or share custody
of children, count yourself and your kids where they will be
located on April 1, 2020.
How will the U.S. Census Bureau contact me & how am I to respond?,
For the 2020 Census, you can respond online, by mail, by phone, or through an in-person interview.
Starting in March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin to contact households through a series of mailings:
- March 16-23 Mailing 1: Letter with information to take survey online will be sent to a majority of people, while about 20-25 percent of the population (with specific demographic characteristics and lower internet connectivity) will receive a letter and paper survey.
- March 20-27 Mailing 2: Letter to non-respondents
- March 30-April 6 Mailing 3: Reminder postcard to non- respondents
- April 12-19 Mailing 4: Letter and paper survey sent to non-respondents.
- April 23-30 Mailing 5: “It’s not too late” postcard to non-respondents