Frequently Asked Questions
What is the census?

The census is a count taken every 10 years of every person in the United States. It is required by law and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The next census is in 2020. 

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When does the census take place?

Census Day is April 1, 2020, but in mid-March most people will receive a letter asking them to respond.

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How do I complete the census?

The 2020 Census will be online. If you can’t complete it online, you can participate by phone or request a paper copy. Instructions for phone and paper options will be part of the census letter.

See a sample of the questions here.

Why is a complete and accurate census count important?

Having a complete count will help you, your family, and your neighbors receive more resources and have a stronger voice in the future of our community.

Learn more here.

What languages will be offered?

The online and phone response options will be in English and 12 other languages. They are English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Japanese.

The U.S. Census Bureau will also have print and video language guides in 59 languages including American Sign Language, braille, and large print guides.

What if I don’t complete the census?

The U.S. Census is required by the U.S. Constitution. If a household has not responded by the end of April, a census taker will visit the home to collect responses. These in-person visits will begin in May.

Will my personal information be safe and confidential?

Your responses will be safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. The census will protect your data through the safest and best practices available.

For more about confidentiality, click here.

What will I be asked?

– How many people are living or staying at your home.
– Whether the home is owned or rented.
– The sex, age and race of each person in the home.
– Whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.
– The relationship of each person in your home.

You will not be asked about your citizenship status.

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Why am I being asked about race and origin?

This information helps federal agencies monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.

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What is MeckCounts 2020?

It is a local campaign to ensure that every resident of Mecklenburg County is counted in the 2020 Census. It is led by the Mecklenburg County Complete Count Committee, a diverse group of community members.

How can I help ensure a complete count?

The Complete Count Committee is looking for trusted people and organizations to help get the word out about the importance of the census. To get involved, email info@MeckCounts2020.com.

Can I work for the census?

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting for a variety of temporary jobs. To learn more go to www.2020census.gov/en/jobs.html.

Additional Resources

Didn’t find what you were looking for in our FAQs? Below are links to additional information and resources from the U.S. Census.



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