Census FAQs

Question Answer
How do I respond to the Census? The first invitation will be mailed to your home with directions on how to respond either online, by mail or by phone.
Why should I care? The census is used to count the population across the country. Collected data determines how the billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed to states, counties and communities. The census also provides the basis for reapportioning seats in Congress and redistricting in order to receive greater representation at the federal level. 
What if I don't feel comfortable giving my information out? The census does not ask for identifying information such as name or social security number. The Census Law, Title 13 of the U.S. Code requires that Census Bureau surveys and censuses are kept confidential and used for statistical purposes only. Census Bureau staff take a lifetime oath to protect the privacy and confidentiality of information from respondents. If the oath is broken, staff members face a $250,000 fine and five years in prison.