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Census 2020: What it asks/does not ask

The Census 2020 Guide brings together resources about why the Census is important, key information about the Census, and where to find additional information.

Census 2020: Census Bureau's website

For official information about the 2020 Census, see the Census Bureau's website.

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What the Census asks

The Census asks questions to collect information about the United States.  The responses are used to produce statistics.  The types of questions asked on the 2020 Census include:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Age and date of birth
  • Ethnic origin
  • Race
  • Relationships of each person in household

For a sample of the Census, go to Sample Copy of the Census.
For further information about the types of questions and reasons for the question, go to Questions Asked.
For further information about the confidentiality of the Census, go to How the Census Bureau Protects Your Data and The 2020 Census and Confidentiality.

What the Census does not ask

The 2020 Census does not ask for:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Bank or credit card accounts
  • Citizenship

For further information about what the Census does not ask, go to Questions Asked.