There are 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and every 10 years, census results are used to calculate how many seats each state gets.
On April 26, 2021, the Census Bureau delivered 2020 Census state population counts that will be used for apportionment.
The Census Bureau is currently conducting multiple surveys, including the Household Pulse Survey, the American Community Survey, and a survey to measure the accuracy of the 2020 Census. Visit Are You In A Survey? to learn more about these other surveys and how they work.
When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics.
The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. That's protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.
The Census Bureau employees who have access to your data have sworn a lifetime oath to protect your information.
Before publishing any 2020 statistics, we verify that they meet our strict confidentiality standards.