FAQ


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. How can people respond to the 2020 Census?

    • In 2020, for the first time ever, the Census Bureau will accept responses ONLINE. Likewise, the online questionnaire will also be available in a mobile format so that people can self-respond on their phones and other electronic devices. Responding over the phone is also available by calling 844-330-2020 for English, 844-468-2020 for Spanish, and 844-477-2020 for Haitian Creole.
    • View a Sample copy of the 2020 Census Questionnaire PDF Download 
  2. Is the 2020 census form only in English?

    • The online form and telephone assistance will be in 12 Non-English languages including Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. For those receiving a paper questionnaire, it will only be in English and Spanish.
    • Full list of languages PDF Download  PDF Download 
  3. Is the information obtained by the Census Bureau private and/or confidential?

    • The law states that the information collected by the Census Bureau may only be used for statistical purposes and, under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about individuals, households, or businesses, even to law enforcement agencies. In addition, all Census Bureau staff take a lifetime oath to protect personal information, and any violation comes with a penalty of up to $250,000.00 and/or up-to 5 years in prison.
    • To learn more about census confidentiality please click here PDF Download .
  4. Do census results and/or data really influence something I care about?

    • The results are critically important because this once-a-decade census data helps businesses, researches, and communities make decisions. The data can help inform where our community needs a new fire department, more funding for school lunches, or new roads.
    • To learn more about the impact of census data in our community please click here.
    • For a list of federal funding programs that rely on census data please click here PDF Download 
    • Visit www.2020Census.gov to learn more.