Starting in 1790 and every 10 years since, the United States has conducted a Census. The Census is your chance to make sure Apex and surrounding communities count!
Filling out your Census form will make sure your community gets:
- Fair representation in Congress
- Funding for health, schools, transportation, and more
- Information to help your community plan for the future
Census data is used for:
- Residents use the census data to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
- Businesses use the data to build industry, offices, and stores which create jobs.
- Local government officials use the data to ensure public safety and to plan new schools and hospitals.
- Mayor’s Letter to Apex Residents (English | Spanish)
- NC Census Website
- US Census Website
- US Census Bureau: 2020 Census at a Glance
- The 2020 Census and Confidentiality (English | Spanish)
- How the 2020 Census Will Invite Everyone to Respond (English | Spanish)
- Census 101
- Census 101 for Students (PDF)
Laws about the Census
The U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 2) mandates a headcount every 10 years of everyone residing in the United States. This includes people of all ages, races, and ethnic groups, to include citizens and noncitizens. The first Census was conducted in 1790 and has been carried out every 10 years since then. The population totals from the 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. States also use the totals to redraw their legislative districts. The totals also help determine federal and state money spent in your community, and data collected in the Census help inform governmental, business, and nonprofit decision makers on how your community is changing in order to plan for the future.
Confidentiality and Privacy
The Census Bureau collects data for statistical purposes only. They combine your responses with information from other households or businesses to produce statistics, which never identify your household, any person in your household, or business. Your information is CONFIDENTIAL. They never identify you individually.
Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information and violating this law is a crime with severe penalties. In addition, other federal laws, including the Confidential Statistical Efficiency Act and the Privacy Act reinforce these protections. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both.