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Yes. Federal law protects your Census responses. The U.S. Census Bureau never shares individual information with any other agencies or entities such as landlords, U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement or law-enforcement agencies.
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Getting an accurate count is vital to ensuring that our region receives its fair share of federal funding that is allocated based on the census. Estimates show that for each North Dakota resident not counted, North Dakota stands to lose $1,900 in federal funding annually, or $1,900 over the next ten years. This lost funding means less federal assistance for road and highway construction, social services and housing aid.
The Census also provides a resource for informed decision-making. Census data is used to help better our communities and region. This may include community initiatives, legislation, and quality-of-life advocacy. Local governments use the Census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Businesses use Census data to decide where to build offices and stores, which creates jobs. Census data is also used to determine funding provided by federal and state agencies for social services and infrastructure projects.
The 2020 Census will be easier than ever. The U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, by phone, or by mail. You will be able to respond once you receive notification from the Census Bureau.
All people in each household will be counted based on where they reside on April 1, 2020. People who live in more than one location should count themselves at the location where they live and sleep most of the time. Be sure to count everyone living within the household, regardless of age, even if they are not family or related.
Each household will be asked to indicate the number of people living in the home as well as their sex, age, race and relationship to the person completing the Census for the entire household.
For those who live in a rural area that normally receives mail at a P.O. Box, a Census form will be hand-delivered to households by a U.S. Census employee.