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Census

Learn more and find answers to frequently asked Census questions.

The 2020 Census is next April, 2020. Every decade, the U.S. Census Bureau counts America’s population & uses the data to distribute $675 billion of federal funding to states & communities each year. The Census affects people of ALL ages, races, culture & ethnicities, regardless of citizenship. It will be private, safe, easy & very important to respond next year.   It's important to know that:

The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. 

The results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.

There are 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. These are distributed to the 50 states by population, and an accurate census count helps your state get the right amount of seats.  

State officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.

The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Completing the census is mandatory.

For more data and general information regarding Census 2020, visit the U.S. Census Bureau 's website.