Every 10 years the U.S. conducts a census of the entire population.
PERSONAL INFORMATION IS SAFE The Census Bureau is prohibited by law from sharing your information for 72 years. It is illegal for any public or private entities, federal agencies or law enforcement) to obtain access to personal information collected via the census.
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Our Constitution empowers Congress to carry out the census in "such manner as they shall by Law direct" (Article I, Section 2). The Founders had a bold and ambitious plan to empower the people over their government by counting everyone and using that count to determine representation in Congress. click here
Census participation is a civic duty like voting or jury duty. The U.S. Constitution mandates a population count every 10 years with the goal to count everyone once – only once, in the right place.
Anyone living in the U.S. at the time of the census should participate, including non-citizens and
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Data collected by the Census is used to define political districts, determine Congressional representation and the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding that supports schools, hospitals, transportation, infrastructure, and other community-based services such as Head Start, SNAP, WIC, and the school meals program.
Information is used by local government, foundations, businesses, and educators to make important decisions about local policies, funding distribution, where to start a business and more. Participation of every resident ensures that our region receives the federal funds needed to serve everyone equitably. click here for why the census matters.