SAC Joins Awareness Campaign for US Census
January 13, 2020
Every 10 years, the United States Government takes a census of the country’s population as mandated by the Constitution. Census data is used in many ways including:
- Distribution of more than $675 billion annually in federal funds back to tribal, state. and local governments.
- Redistricting of state legislative districts.
- Forecasting of future transportation needs of all segments of the population.
- Determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans.
- Assisting federal, tribal, state, and local governments in planning and implementing programs and services and emergency response.
- Designing facilities for people with disabilities, the elderly, and children.
Census Day – April 1
By April 1, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.
Who is Required to Respond?
Everyone living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five US territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands) is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.
Special Living Situations
People in some special living situations may have questions about how to respond. This includes:
- Service members.
- People in correctional facilities.
- People who move on Census Day (April 1, 2020).
- People who do not have fixed addresses.
Visit Who To Count for information on how people in these groups will be counted.
Your Privacy Matters
The US Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. By law the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business even to law enforcement agencies.
For additional information on the United States 2020 Census, visit www.2020census.gov/ .