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What questions do you have to answer on a census?

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03/17/2010

ALL of Them

Although it's often stated that 'The only question required to be answered on the census, by the constitution is...'how many people live in your home'- This is incorrect.

Legally you are obligated to answer whatever the US Census form asks. If you think this is a violation of your constitutional rights, think again:

The U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 2, Clause 3, Sentence 2, reads:

"The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct."

The Constitution does NOT limit the information that Congress may request in obtaining their Enumeration, except when that information might violate existing Amendments (i.e.: the IV Amendment (Illegal searches), or the V Amendment (Self incrimination)).

A census is potentially allowed to ask (as defined by Congress) race, age, gender and residency etc...

  • Race shows what the ethnicity population or certain backgrounds is is areas.
  • Age shows the age groups. It says the age range for the majority of the people.
  • Gender shows sex. It shows the contrast between men and women.
  • Residency shows how many people live in your house. If one person answered the questionnaire and there are 7 people living in the house and they weren't accounted for, that statistic wouldn't be accurate.

There are 10 questions on the 2010 US Census form and you are required to answer all of them.

Click on the link below for a Fantastic and simple video, by USCensus.gov, on how exactly a Census works and what you need to do on the 2010 Census:

Click on the related Question below to see the legal workings of the Constitution and how the law applies to the US Census: