In order to prepare for census day, this blog post is dedicated to informing our community about common misconceptions many people have about the census.
The census takes place every year
Many people do not know off the top of their heads when the census takes place. This may be because the census occurs once every ten years. Unlike tax season, or election time, we don't think of the census as having a designated spot on our calendars. This means that the census can easily be forgotten. Every ten years on April 1, the census will take place. Don’t let the date fool you and fill out the census.
Citizenship information is reported
Unlike your typical taxes, the census doesn’t record any private and confidential information. The census just wants to keep track of where you live in order to allocate federal opportunities.
The census wants to know how many residents are from the state. Regardless of immigration status, the census keeps track of if you were born out of the nation, out of the state, or in the state.
Your data isn't secure
According to an act that was created by the government for the census, all of your data is secure and won't be given out to anyone. The census also doesn’t ask questions in the same way other government forms ask. It asks for demographic information, not for your citizenship status or social security.
The government can’t be trusted
You can put your mind at ease if you believe the government will track your information or report you. The census records the data it does to learn more about the demographics of your area. There are laws in place that ensure that anyone who breaks this confidentiality goes to prison.
Parents count you
Although you may be dependent through taxes, you actually count yourself in the census. If you are over the age of 18, you count yourself in the 2020 census. Make sure to count yourself where you spend most nights at, not where your parents live.
Money goes back to the government
Money may go back to companies and some government expenses. However, most of the $675 billion goes back to the public. Funding goes back to roads, emergency services and public schooling.
Voice isn’t heard
Your voice is heard! The census uses your insight to give money back to your area. The counseling services you use, the music program at your high school, all of that is paid through the census. Shape your future, start here!