Is the census voluntary?

The census is not voluntary, but every person is not required to fill out a census form.

Although the federal government has rarely enforced penalties, federal law requires U.S. residents ages 18 and older to answer census questions. But one person can answer questions on behalf of others in the same household. When the Census Bureau releases census response rates, those are percentages of households, not people.

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1. When does the 2020 census start?
2. How will the homeless population be counted?
3. How will these transitory locations be identified?
4. Who is counted by the census?
5. Is the census voluntary?
6. Is my information private?
7. Is this the first online census?
8. What questions does the 2020 Census ask?
9. Is there a US citizenship question on the census?
10. Is Hispanic or Latino a considered a race on the census?
11. Does the census ask about my religion, political party or income?
12. How much money is allocated because of the census?
13. Is the census the same as the American Community Survey?