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2020 U.S. Census: Facts vs. Fiction

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 18:54:49-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — There are several misconceptions when it comes to the census.

The first myth often heard is that non-citizens don't count. The fact is, everyone counts including babies living in your home as of April 1, 2020.

Some people also fear the census will ask them questions about their citizenship status, but the census will not ask that nor will it ask you for your social security number, for money or donations, political questions, or for your bank or credit card numbers.

Will the census provide your information to law enforcement? The answer is no.

The law prevents the U.S. Census Bureau from sharing your information with law enforcement. Your answers are only used to create statistics about the country and your information is kept strictly confidential.

Will someone from the U.S. Census Bureau show up at your door? Right now, all field operations are suspended, but once it is safe to do so, the census will resume operations to make contact with any household that has not responded to the U.S. Census.

For more information on how to fill out the 2020 census, click here.

To report any rumors you hear about the census, click here.