FAQ

Will the census form be available in multiple languages?

Yes. The online version of the census form will be available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Vietnamese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Arabic
  • Tagalog
  • Polish
  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese

The Census Bureau also provides video and print language guides, language glossaries, and language identification cards in a total of 59 non-English languages.

What about college students or those who live in other places?

College students living in a dormitory on April 1, 2020 will be counted at their dormitory. However, college students living in off-campus housing should be counted at the off-campus housing if that is where they live most of the time. Those who live in prisons, people living in shelters, people in the military, or people living in other group quarters will be counted where they live.

Who should be counted?

All residents living at an address as of April 1, 2020 should be counted. This includes family members, all children born on or before April 1, 2020, grandparents, and other, non-related persons living at an address.

What questions are asked on the Census?

The Census form asks 10 questions about each person in a household:

1. Name

2. Phone number

3. Age

4. Sex

5. Hispanic Origin

6. Race

7. Relationship to Householder

8. Household Tenure/Ownership

9. Number of Persons in Household

10. Additional Residence Location (This question asks if the person has a usual home elsewhere so that folks are not double-counted. The Census is counting “one person, one time, one place” to ensure fair representation.)

The Census Bureau estimates that it will take ten minutes per person in a household to complete the census form.

How do I distinguish fraud or scams from the Census Bureau?

The U.S. Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your social security number
  • Your mother’s maiden name
  • Money or donations
  • Credit card or bank account information
  • Your personal information through email

If you ever have any concerns, you can verify either the survey or the employment of the Census worker through information provided by the Census Bureau at: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/surveyhelp/verify-a-survey.html#person

Are my Census responses kept private?

YES. Federal law prohibits the Census Bureau from using the information that it collects for anything other than statistical purposes. The Census Bureau cannot share answers with the FBI, the CIA, ICE or even the President of the United States. For more information about the Census Bureau’s Data Protection and Privacy Program please see https://www.census.gov/about/policies/privacy.html 

How can I respond to the Census?

For the 2020 Census, you can respond either online, by mail or by phone. Starting in early 2020, all census addresses will receive a card inviting the residents to complete the census. A phone number, a mailing address, and a URL will all be provided on the census card that is mailed so you can choose how you would like to answer the questions.

Do I have to respond to the Census?

Yes. If you are living in the United States, you are legally required to respond to the census and could be subject to a fine or limited prison term for non-compliance or false answers. Census Bureau staff work to achieve cooperation and high response rates by helping the public understand that responding to the Census is a matter of civic responsibility.

Why does the Census Bureau ask the questions that are asked?

The questions are asked because of federal needs, as well as for community benefits.

The population counts determine:

  • How many seats your state has in the House of Representatives; they are also used to redraw federal and state legislative districts.
  • Determine how the federal funding will be distributed to states and communities. For Nevada, in 2016 that was $2,086 per person.
  • The private and public sectors look at the demographics of communities to make investment decisions. That, in turn, helps to create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies, build schools, roads and hospitals.

What is the Census?

The Census is a head count of each person that resides in the United States as of April 1, 2020. The Census is held every 10 years. It has been mandated by the U.S. Constitution (Article 1, Section2) since 1790. It was then established as a fundamental part of our democracy.