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    June 22, 2020

    Myth vs. Fact: 2020 Census

    There is so much information about the 2020 Census available that it’s sometimes hard to tell fact from fiction when it comes to your burning questions.

    Here are 5 common myths and facts about the 2020 Census.

    Myth: The 2020 Census asks if you are a U.S. citizen.

    FALSE. There is NOT a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. In fact, the Census is only counting the number of people living in your household and is not concerned with their citizenship status. So, when completing your census, make sure to include every person who lives in your household – regardless of citizenship status – in your response.

    Myth: Your responses on the census can be used against you

    FALSE. The law prevents the Census Bureau from sharing your information with law enforcement at any level, and your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits. The Census Bureau – and every single Census employee – is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to protect your personal information. Census data is aggregated and reported on a community-wide basis for statistical purposes, but individually identifying information is not. That means that the information you provide on your Census form is completely safe.

    Myth: You need a Census ID to complete your Census

    FALSE. All households should have been sent an official invitation to complete the Census with a Census ID. But if you didn’t receive one, or if you cannot find it, that’s OK. You can still complete your Census using only your address. Simply go to My2020Census.gov, and after you select “Start Questionnaire,” simply click on the link that says “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”

    Myth: The Census will ask personal information about you, like your religion or political party

    FALSE. Questions about religion, political party and other personal topics are NOT included in the Census. Rather, the Census asks about the number of people who live in your household, their ages, genders and race, and how the people living together are related. You can see all of the questions asked on the Census on the 2020 Census website.

    Myth: Your response doesn’t really matter

    FALSE. Every single household’s response matters. The Census data is used for congressional representation as well as apportioning $675 billion in federal funding to local schools and assistance programs based on population and demographic data. That means that it benefits our community by having every single person counted accurately in the 2020 Census.

    Currently, only approximately 55% of households in Bryan have complete their Census, which means the city and schools could be missing out on almost half of the federal funds that should be coming to our community if no one else responded.

     

    If you have not already done so, you can still make sure your household is counted – Simply take 10 minutes and head to my2020census.gov to complete your Census. If you do not complete your census soon, then a census worker will come to your home during the non-response follow-up phase, beginning Aug. 11, 2020.

     
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