Everything you need to know about the 2020 census

Everything you need to know about the 2020 census

Shruti Khandelwal

What is a census?
A census is an official survey open to a population. The contents typically pertain to details of the individuals. The most common purpose of a census is to count an area’s population.
 
What should you know about the 2020 census?
Article One, Section Two of The Constitution mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. It counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Everyone living in the U.S, is required by law to take the census. It is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
 
Why should you take the 2020 census?
The census data determines how much of the federal funding, which comes from taxes, is spent on public buildings, roads, etc. It also aids lawmakers, business owners, teachers, etc. in improving how they provide their services.
 
Are you eligible to take the 2020 census?
You must be at least 15 years of age to fill out the census. You must be living in the household/place of residence. You must know general information about each person living there. Only one person of the household/place of residence should fill out the census.
 
Fun Fact:
The 2020 census is the 24th census in American history since 1790.
 
For more information, visit https://2020census.gov/en.html. To take the census, visit https://my2020census.gov.