What is the 2020 Census?

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Created: February 20, 2020 09:45 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — What is the Census? As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a once-a-decade count of everyone living in the country.

When the U.S. Census Bureau knows how many people live in our community, organizations and businesses are better equipped to evaluate the services and programs needed, such as clinics, schools, and roads.


It also determines how seats in Congress are distributed among the 50 states.

In March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will send every household an invitation to complete a simple questionnaire about who lives at your address on April 1.

You will have the opportunity to respond online, by phone, or by mail, and federal law keeps those responses safe and secure.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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