Truth be told about Census 2020: there are a lot of untruths being told.

If you’re among the many confused, we want to set the record straight. Because getting you the Census 2020 facts helps protect and encourage getting an accurate count in Montana. And that matters more than you might think

Are non-citizens counted in the Census?

Yes. Everyone living in the United States is counted, including non-citizens.

Read: how to count everyone under your roof

What are my answers used for?

Census data is used in a number of different ways.

What Census data is not used for. 

Census data cannot be shared with law enforcement. It cannot be shared with immigration. And it will not impact your eligibility for government benefits. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau is obligated to protect your personal information and keep it strictly confidential. This law applies to every person, on every question. No exceptions.

What Census data is used for?

Census data is used to help determine each state’s share of federal funding for the next decade. Here in Gallatin County, that allocation of money provides funding for our schools, roads, services for seniors, public transportation, police and fire departments, community health programs, housing, and rural development programs, among others.

The results of the Census are also used to determine whether each state will get another representative in Congress. And Montana is right on the brink.

Is it true that Census 2020 will allow couples to identify as a “same-sex” couple?

For the first time ever, couples that are married or living together will be asked to define their relationship as “same-sex” or “opposite-sex.” This change will allow funding, research, and government programs to better serve LGBTQ+ communities. 

Do I have to go somewhere to take the Census?

No. While the 2020 Census will be available online for the first time ever, it is also available by phone and by mail. Online and phone responses can be completed in 13 different languages. 

Additionally, you can visit several community locations to fill out and submit a Census form. 

A census taker will follow up to assist those who don’t respond.

Should I be concerned about Census scams?

Unfortunately, Census scams are out there. But you can stay safe by knowing the right information.

First and foremost, the U.S. Census Bureau will never ask you for:

  • Identification
  • Your social security number
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Bank account and credit card numbers

If someone claiming to be from the U.S. Census Bureau asks for any of these things, it is a scam. You should not participate.

Here are a few additional resources to help you stay Census safe and savvy.

For additional information on staying safe, visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s resource on Avoiding Fraud and Scams

Is there anywhere I can get just the Census 2020 facts?

If you have a question about the Census and what data is being collected, here are official Census websites that can help:

  • census.gov – the official site of the U.S. Census Bureau
  • 2020census.gov – the official site of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Census 2020
  • Census.mt.gov – the official site of the Montana Census 2020

Where can I get additional Census information?

If you have further questions about the Census 2020, you can call the U.S. Census Bureau Customer Service Center at 1-800-923-8282.

How can I help spread the word?

Your participation is important to your community. 

  • Tell your friends and family that you plan to respond. 
  • Share Census 2020 information with your networks. 
  • Use the hashtags #MaxtheCount and #MTCensus2020.
  • And, of course, make sure everyone under your roof is counted!