About Census 2020

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What is Census 2020?

Every 10 years, the United States counts every person living in the United States through a process called the Census. This year's Census will be 

completed on April 1, 2020. 


The U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 2, mandates that the U.S. Census Bureau deliver an accurate population count to the President of the United States within 9 months of Census day (on or before December 31). The report provides population counts by state and the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives apportioned to each state. Your personal, individual data is never reported.   

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What can the U.S. Census Bureau do with my information?

All responses to the Census are confidential and protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Under this law, the Census Bureau is required to keep 

your information confidential. 


The U.S. Census Bureau will never share your information with immigrant enforcement agencies, like ICE; law enforcement agencies, like the FBI or police; or allow it to be used to determine eligibility for government benefits. 

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Why does the 2020 Census matter?

The results of the Census are used to determine how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives. 


The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are also based of Census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, public works and other vital programs. 

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How can I get involved?

Waco needs Census Ambassadors who can serve as a voice to educate Wacoans about the Census and encourage them to fill it out.