Why the Census Counts

The 2020 Census is here, and YOU COUNT! The census happens only once every ten years and aims to count every person living in the United States. You and each person counted in your household help bring billions of dollars into our state, ensure our voices are heard in government, and secure the schools, roads, emergency services, and businesses our community needs to thrive.

Why It Matters to Kentucky and Indiana

  • Dollars

    Kentucky receives more than $15.8 billion per year in allocations and Indiana receives more than $17.9 billion per year in allocations based on census data.

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  • Data

    Census data helps plan roads, schools, hospitals, and emergency services.

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  • Democracy

    Census data determines the number of Kentucky and Indiana seats in U.S. House of Representatives as well as districts for state and local governments.

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Kentucky stands to lose $2,021 and Indiana will lose $2,710 for each person not counted in the 2020 Census each year for 10 years.

Your Census Data is Safe & Confidential

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics — they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.

  • By law, your responses cannot be used against you.

    By law, your census responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), not by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and not by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The law requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential and use your responses only to produce statistics.

  • There are no exceptions.

    The law requires the Census Bureau to keep everyone’s information confidential. By law, your responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way. The Census Bureau will not share an individual’s responses with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or allow that information to be used to determine eligibility for government benefits.

  • It’s your choice: you can respond securely online, by mail, or by phone.

    You will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. Households that don’t respond in one of these ways will be visited by a census taker to collect the information in person. Regardless of how you respond, your personal information is protected by law.

  • Your online responses are safe from hacking and other cyberthreats.

    The Census Bureau takes strong precautions to keep online responses secure. All data submitted online are encrypted to protect personal privacy, and our cybersecurity program meets the highest and most recent standards for protecting personal information. Once the data are received, they are no longer online. From the moment the Census Bureau collects responses, our focus and legal obligation is to keep them safe.

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