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Posted on: November 27, 2019

Census - Frequently Asked Questions

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Can my census responses be used for other government business? 

No. There are no exceptions. Everyone living in the U.S. is eligible to take the census—no one needs to prove citizenship or show a government ID to take it—and everyone is protected by Title 13 privacy law. Your responses cannot be used for any other government business including in a court of law. Starting in April 2020, households that do not respond to the census will be visiting by a census taker for the purpose of collecting the census information in person.     

If I take the census online, is my information really safe from hackers? 

The census bureau has created a secure online option to take the 2020 census. All data submitted online is encrypted, which means that your answers will be obscured to protect your personal information. Once you respond online, your answers are received and then immediately taken offline and put into a separate off-line network. Your online responses are protected by Title 13 privacy law and cannot be viewed by any other government agency. 

For questions or additional information, please contact Cristal Otero at 503-674-6236 or

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