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F.A.Q.

Why is it important?

Not only does the census shape many different aspects of your community, but it also provides thousands of part-time jobs to those in need. The Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. They also determine how many seats in Congress each state will get.

Who should do it?

Everybody should do it, whether you are an immigrant, citizen, non-citizen, head of family, or individual. It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. You are required by law to register if you live in the U.S.

What if I'm not a citizen?

By law, the U.S. Census Bureau can use your responses only to produce statistics. This data is strictly anonymous, so your answers legally cannot be used against you.

What are the

risks of being undercounted?

Loss of Income

The numbers from the census are used to determine the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal and state funds between counties. If a county isn't counted, it will lose funding for its schools, neighborhoods, and infrastructure.

Public Health Impact

Census data shifts politcal power, resulting in impacts on health policy because of the $1.5 trillion guided by census data. A significant portion of this money goes towards health and environment policy, helping aid communities suffering from health crises and climate change.

Language Assistance

The Census Bureau provides translated webpages and guides in around 60 languages. American Sign Language, Braille, and large print are also available. New languages are provided based on census data.

Minority Programs

Many federal programs are created based on race data that is obtained from the census. For example, programs promoting equal employment opportunities and assessing racial disparities in health and environmental risks comes from this data. Census data about race is essential for major policy decisions.

Civil Rights

The Census Bureau is required to protect your civil rights and your right to privacy. They are not allowed to use your data for anything other than statistics. Your response is required by law, even if you are not a citizen, which is why all of your rights are protected.

Educational Outcomes

Census data covers educational attainment, which is the highest degree a person has obtained, as well as school enrollment, public school system finances, teaching about statistics, and educational services.

Crime Reporting

The Census Bureau provides statistics on probation, parole, inmate sexual violence, inmate deaths, criminal justice expenditures, and a variety of facility data. This data is provided to the U.S Justice Department, which uses it for research, evaluation, policy development, and more.

Minority Business Loans

The Census Bureau has an annual survey of entrepreneurs that found an increase of 4.9% from 2014-2015 in the number of minority-owned businesses. Employment at minority-owned businesses jumped 6.2% and minorities were much more likely to receive business loans.

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Don't be invisible.

Middle East/North Africa (MENA) was an approved category for the U.S. Census that was ignored by the Census Bureau. Arabs are not White/Caucasian, and it is important that this category of people is not erased.

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