Census 2020: What you need to know

Updated: February 24, 2020 08:31 AM
Created: February 24, 2020 06:51 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — 2020 is a census year, and the results determine how much money and resources the government will allocate for our area.

The census begins in March and it's basically a headcount. The census affects our representation in congress.


The U.S. Constitution requires the government to count its citizens every 10 years so it can provide funding and resources that are customized for that area.

The census determines how much money will be allocated to the area for critical services like roads, schools, hospitals, healthcare, fire and emergency services.

The questions are easy: your name, sex, age and date of birth, your ethnicity, race, if a person lives elsewhere, and your relationship to the people in your home.

It's not about finding out who you are but getting the correct number of people in your household.

People should start getting letters about the census on March 12 when the census officially opens up.

For the first time, you can fill out the census online. There is also the option to answer the questions over the phone, or mail in the physical form.

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