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Fighting 2020 Census Rumors

This is your source for facts about the 2020 Census.


Learn about how the U.S. Census Bureau's Trust & Safety Team protected the 2020 Census count by reporting inaccurate, suspicious, and fraudulent information circulating online.

Setting the Record Straight

Did the 2020 Census ask about citizenship status?

No. The 2020 Census did not ask whether you or anyone in your home is a U.S. citizen.

Were noncitizens counted in the census?

Yes. The 2020 Census counted everyone living in the country, including noncitizens.

Can my answers be shared with law enforcement or used against me?

No. The law prevents the Census Bureau from sharing your information with law enforcement. Your answers do not affect your eligibility for government benefits. Your answers are used only to create statistics about our country. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to protect your personal information—every answer, to every question—and keep it strictly confidential.

What questions did the Census Bureau not ask?

During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau never asked you for:

  • Your full Social Security number.
  • Money or donations.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers.

If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate. For more information, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.

Checking the Facts

Reporting a Rumor

Have you read or heard something about the 2020 Census that is confusing? Let the Census Bureau know by contacting