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Your information is safe and protected.The Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information and keep it strictly confidential. The Bureau can only use your information to produce statistics, it cannot be shared with any other entity or organization. In fact, every Census Bureau employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life. Your answers cannot be used for immigration or law enforcement purposes or to determine your personal eligibility for government benefits. Census records are kept sealed for 72 years.
No. For the purposes of Census 2020 you will be counted in Fayetteville. College students should count themselves at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time.
In 2020, the Census Bureau will devote three days to counting people who are experiencing homelessness across the country, with checks in place to ensure that people aren’t counted more than once. These days follow months of outreach and coordination with local census offices, partners, shelter directors, service providers, and others:
The results of these efforts, across the country, are critical. Census data helps inform decisions about billions of dollars in federal funding for services such as shelters and soup kitchens, as well as for programs that assist with housing, nutrition, and transitioning from homelessness. From the Emergency Shelter Grants Program to the Special Milk Program for children, these programs depend on a complete and accurate count.
Forms are mailed to your residence in late March, 2020. The earlier you complete your census form, either online or by phone, the less likely it is that a census employee will come to your house asking for the information. The online census closes down in September, 2020.
No. Taxes and the census information are kept completely separate. The census counts the number of people residing in your household on APril 1, 2020, whether or not you claim them on your taxes.
No. Census information is not shared with any other government department or entity, and cannot be used against you in any way.
Ideally, your child should be counted in the household where he or she spends the majority of their time. If your child's time is divided 50/50 between two households, count him or her in the household where they will be sleeping the night of April 1, 2020.
The general rule is: Count children in the home where they live and sleep most of the time, even if their parents do not live there. If you are helping to take care of a friend's or family member's child, and the child does not have a permanent place to live, count the child if he or she is staying with you on April 1, 2020—even if it's only temporary.
Yes. Even if you've just had a baby, and your baby is still in the hospital on Census Day (April 1, 2020), then count your baby at the home where he or she will live and sleep most of the time.
If you have no permanent residence, you should be counted where you are living and sleeping on April 1, 2020. If you will be returning in a short while to a permanent residence elsewhere, you should use your permanent address.