Shape Your Future. Start HERE. Your response matters: Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. • Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. • The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. • It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Your privacy matters: When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. Your help matters: Getting a complete and accurate count in 2020 requires everyone's help. And there are many ways for individuals, businesses, community organizations, and others to play a part.