As you may already know from some of our previous blogs, the census will be happening this year! The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years, and helps us shape our future (Census, opens a new window).
You may be wondering: "What's in it for me?"
The answer: A lot! The census helps the government determine where to distribute money for clinics, schools, roads, and more. It also helps community leaders make decisions about building community centers, new businesses, and future planning. Your responses are even used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives!
You may also be wondering: "What kinds of questions will the census ask?"
You can see a sample 2020 census here, opens a new window! If you have any confusion or need clarification about what to mark for certain questions, check out the following links to fact sheets and frequently asked questions from 2020census.gov, opens a new window:
Fact Sheets about Race and Sex:
You can find out why the census asks questions about your race here, opens a new window.
You can find a fact sheet on the sex question here, opens a new window.