What Info You’ll Need to Know Before You Start
Only one person from each home needs to fill out the Census form (whether online, phone, or in paper format).
So, you’ll need to know the name, age, birthdate, race of each person in the household as of April 1st, 2020. Also, you’ll need to know how everyone in the home is related.
You won’t need things like Social Security Numbers and such though. And, although there was a lot of press about whether or not there was going to be a citizenship question on it, there is NO citizenship question.
Here’s a link to what the questions will look like in English, but, English isn’t the only language that the online form will be in. From Spanish, to Chinese, to Korean, to French, and many more!
What is the Census?
It’s a count of (hopefully) every human who is currently in the United States. (It’s actually mandated by the Constitution).
The 2020 Census will count the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail.
Why does it matter?
The results are used to determine how much funding local communities receive for key public services (roads, schools, hospitals, etc.) and how many seats each state gets in Congress. State and local officials also use census counts to draw boundaries for congressional, state legislative, and school districts.