Being counted in the census gives a snapshot of your community that is important for the funding of education; building roads, hospitals, and libraries; providing housing and food to those in need; preparing for emergencies; creating jobs, and much more. Learn how easy completing the census is and why it matters using this guide.
Short video from the NBC Stay Tuned series with information on history, methodology and uses of the census
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Q: What is the U.S. census?
A: Mandated by the Constitution, the census counts every resident once every 10 years in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories
Q: When can I respond to the 2020 Census?
A: Once your household receives instructions from the Census Bureau, delivered between March 12 and March 20, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail.
Q: How long does it take to complete the census online?
A: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the online census form takes about 10 minutes to complete
Q: How is the information taken by the U.S. census used?
A: The census determines congressional representation and federal funding, affecting individual communities for the next decade