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2020 Census Resources

Everyone is counted!

Frequently Asked Questions about the 2020 Census

  • What is the 2020 Census?

    The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail.

    The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

    The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

    It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

  • Will my information be kept confidential?

    Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the 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 your community receives. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.

  • Why should parishes be involved in the 2020 Census?

    Your community of faith or faith-based organization would join a network of nonprofit, corporate, public sector, and community organizations working to educate the public about the 2020 Census and encourage households to fill out their census form. Together, we can develop solutions to reach everyone. Faith community partners—including religious denominations, faith communities, and national and regional faith-based organizations and institutions, governing bodies and councils, and local congregations and members—are important 2020 Census voices.

  • What can parishes do to help get the word out about the 2020 Census?


    • Highlight the 2020 Census in e-mails, bulletins, newsletters, and mailings to increase awareness of why the census is important.
    • Hang posters in common areas, like the cafeteria.
    • Link to on your Web site and include 2020 Census messages on social media and in faith-based media.
    • Visit 2020census. gov/partners and click on Complete Count Committees to learn more.



Official Resources

PowerPoint Presentation

Bulletin inserts and Printable flyers
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

2020 Census Support for Languages   The 2020 Census and Confidentiality   El Censo del 2020 y la Confidencialidad  Thống Kê Dân Số 2020 & Tính Bảo Mật (1)


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