Have questions about the census? Here are a few frequently asked questions.


Q: Is my information safe and confidential?

A: Yes, the information you provide for the census is confidential. Title 13 of the U.S Code ensures the protection and confidentiality of your information. Title 13 ensures:

  • Private information is never published.

  • Personal information cannot be used against respondents by any government agency or court.

  • Every person with access to your data is sworn for life to protect your information


Q: When is the census?

A: The next Census Day is April 1, 2020. The online response period will begin in March of 2020. Watch this page for more details.


Q: How do I respond to the 2020 Census Questionnaire?

A. Once the survey is open, in early 2020, it will be easy to respond. There are several different ways you can respond:

  • Internet

  • Telephone

  • Paper/Mail


Q: Is there a cost associated with participating in the census?

A: No. The census is free. However, it should be noted that our region relies on accurate headcounts to determine services and facilities for many things. Not being counted costs North Texas thousands of dollars for each person missed. That’s one of the many reasons it’s important to participate in the census.


Q: Why should I participate in the census?

A: It’s fast, easy, free and confidential to participate in the census -- and it’s important for North Texas. Census data is used for:

  • Determining the number of Congressional seats appropriated to each state

  • Congressional District boundaries

  • Texas State Legislature districts

  • School districts

  • Voting precincts

  • The allocation of more than $675 billion through 132 government programs, including those for early childhood education (Head Start), healthcare (Medicare), highway spending, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

  • Calculating education, unemployment, crime, and poverty rates.

  • Helping businesses make important locations decisions.


Q: How do I prepare for the 2020 census?

A: Stay up on the latest news by bookmarking this page and visiting us here again soon. Share this website with your family and friends, participate in community engagement efforts, and encourage your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and others in your community to respond.


Q: What communities are most at risk for not being counted?

A: Historically, the communities hardest to count are apartment renters, immigrants, children ages 0 to five, and young adults ages 18 to 24. Spread the news about the census to these groups, or to parents of children in these ages, to help make sure everyone is counted.


Q: Who can I contact for more information?

A: Jennifer Pope, Census Partnership Specialist - Jennifer.pope@census.gov



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