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The Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and occurs every ten years. The Census has been concerned with how many people are residing in the United States, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, citizenship or immigration status. Census Day will be observed nationwide on April 1, 2020.
The count helps us determine the following things:
The Census will ask 12 questions:
Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics. Please see the Census' Privacy and Security information page.
The Census will never ask for the following information: