What is the purpose of counting everyone?

It is utilized to make sure we have accurate representation in congress. Right now, there $675 billion in federal funds distributed based on the demographics represented in the census. 

In addition, the numbers help us make business and policy decisions, fund how we build schools and hospitals, and make sure the right emergency management in place so everyone is safe in an emergency. 

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1. What is the Census?
2. What is the purpose of counting everyone?
3. Is my information safe?
4. When and how are people counted?
5. What if I am in college, or a snowbird, or live in more than one place?
6. What if I live in a household with roommates?
7. When should I respond to the Census?
8. What happens if I forget to respond to the Census?