The U.S. Census provides a detailed look at how many people live in our nation, states, territories, and local jurisdictions. The Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, and occurs every 10 years to provide a “snapshot” of the U.S. population. The 2020 Census will count every person living in the United states and five U.S. Territories, providing critical data to support our communities. Every person living in the United States is required by law to participate in the census, regardless of legal status.
At the municipal level, census data help us plan for the future and better serve our residents based on population changes, and also influences some funding sources such as SPLOST revenue allocation and CDBG grants.
Census 2020 FAQs
What questions will be asked on the 2020 Census?
- Where you live as of April 1, 2020.
- How many people live or stay with you as of April 1, 2020.
- The biological sex at birth of each person living or staying in your home as of April 1, 2020.
- The age of each person living or staying in your home as of April 1, 2020.
- The race of each person living or staying in your home as of April 1, 2020.
- Whether anyone living in your household is of Hispanic, Spanish, or latino/a origin
- The relationship of each person in your home (spouse, child, parent, etc)
- Whether your home is owned or rented.
For information on how the Census Bureau protects your information, go to: https://2020census.gov/en/data-protection.html
Information the 2020 will NOT ask for:
- What the 2020 Census will NEVER ask for:
- Your Social Security Number
- Your credit card, debit card, or bank information
- Donations or money
- Anything on behalf of a political party
For more information about avoiding fraud, go to: https://2020census.gov/en/avoiding-fraud.html
WHY is it important for everyone to participate in the census?
- To ensure we are all fairly represented: Census information is an important part of how we draw and adjust legislative districts according to the U.S. Constitution. By March 2021, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to each state to account for population change.
- To better plan and fund government programs and policies: Census information can be used in planning and funding government programs. This data can also be used to enforce laws, regulations, and policies.
- To help fight discrimination: Census data helps federal agencies monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as those in the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
- To help support children: Relationship data is used in planning and funding government programs that support families, including people raising children alone.
- To help businesses make informed decisions: It’s not just government agencies that use census data. Private companies often use population and demographic data to help decide where to expand or what products and services to offer.
- To aid public services and infrastructure in our communities: Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. In 2015, $675 billion dollars of federal funding was distributed to states and local communities based on previous census data for these purposes.