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U.S. Census

Information about the Census by the United States Government

Census 101

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What is the Census?

According to the United States Constitution, the US government must conduct a formal count of everyone in the United States every 10 years. This count is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

What questions are on the form?

A sample form is available from the Census Bureau.

Important note: there is no question about citizenship.

 

The person completing the form will be asked:

  • “How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020?”
  • “Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2020 that you did not include in Question 1?”
  • “Is this house, apartment, or mobile home owned by you or someone in the home / rented / occupied without payment of rent?"
  • Telephone number
  • Name
  • Sex
  • Age & Date of birth
  • Hispanic origin
  • Race

Questions about additional people in the household are:

  • Name
  • Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else?
  • Relationship to Person 1
  • Sex
  • Age & Date of birth
  • Hispanic origin
  • Race