Have you filled out the census yet? Well, if you have not, there is still time left. Do not miss out on the opportunity to be counted for the next ten years. The deadline to complete the completely anonymous 10-minute survey is September 30th.
If you live in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, New Mexico, Mississippi, Montana, and Arizona, you are highly encouraged to fill out the survey as response rates are under 80 percent.
Why should I fill out the census?
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data to impact communities for the next decade. 
Census data is important as it can help determine how many seats each state may receive in the U.S House of Representatives. The process of apportionment, measuring the population so that seats in the U.S. House of Representatives can be correctly apportioned among the states, is used with census data.  States can either gain seats or lose seats depending on their accounted population. For example, in 2010, Texas gained 4 seats, Florida gained 2 seats, while New York lost one seat. 
The data collected from the Census helps lawmakers decide where billions of dollars will be allocated to the more than 100 federal programs over the next decade. These programs include Medicaid, direct student loans, highway construction grants, low-income tax credits and loans, and even adoption assistance programs, which are essential for some community members.
On a local level, census data will provide local/statewide officials to results in which they can see where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. 
Lastly, Census results are used regularly by businesses and corporations for several different store or company-wide decisions. Businesses use the data to calculate how to best serve their customers and their needs. Owners rely on the data to make decisions about where to open new storefronts or restaurants, where to expand their operations, and where to recruit their employees.  In brief, census data has a huge effect on products sold in stores, hiring, payroll, and regulations. 
Debunking Census Myths
When it comes to the census, the results are longlasting and impact a community for 10 years. Now that the importance of the results has been highlighted, here are some common misconceptions and rumors heard regarding the survey:
The Census is completely Anoynoums
True. This means the survey will not ask for any information regarding your citizenship, political affiliation, banking information, or social security number, as it is considered illegal under U.S law
The Census only counts U.S Citizens
False. The Census will count every person living in the country.
Census Answers can be shared with law enforcement and used against you.
False. “The law prevents the Census Bureau from sharing your information with law enforcement. Your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits.” 
The Census is only English.
False. The Census is in several different languages with guides in over 59 languages. For more information about languages and accessibility, click here.
Only count the people who pay rent or are 18+ on the census.
False. You should count everyone living in your home, regardless of lease agreements or age. For more information about special circumstances, click here.
Gen Z, Make sure you and your family are counted!
For a SAMPLE questionnaire, click here.
To fill out the census online, click here.