What is the Decennial Census?

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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1. What is the Decennial Census?
2. Is the Information I provide Confidential?
3. Why is it important to me?
4. How can I verify the identity of a census worker?
5. How Does the Census Benefit my Community?
6. Why does the U.S. Conduct a Census?
7. How do I participate in the census?
8. Who are these people claiming to work for the Census around my neighborhood?
9. When will I complete the census?
10. How will the 2020 Census invite everyone to respond
11. What information will be requested?
12. What information will not be requested?
13. How is Census data used?