The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a count of every person living in the United States every 10 years, mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2. The data collected by the decennial census determines the number of seats Maryland has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to its local communities. (See sample Census 2020 questionnaire)
Starts April 1, 2020
The law requires the Census Bureau to keep all information confidential and use it only to
Why the Census?
Critical Distribution of Federal Funds
Funds Government and Community Programs and Services
Helps Business Leaders with Investment Decisions
Used for Reapportionment and Redistricting
The Maryland State Data Center, part of the Department of Planning, is designated as the state's liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau.