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What you need to know about the 2020 census

The U.S. Census Bureau started collecting responses to the census in remote regions of Alaska in early January. But the census count is still weeks away for the rest of the country.
The census happens every 10 years and is mandated by the Constitution. It counts the total number of people in the country and where they are living on April 1.
“There are nine quick questions, it’s not going to take very long for people to complete the census,” said Linda Gladden, a media specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau responsible for Missouri and Arkansas. “They can complete it online, they can complete it on paper, or they can call it in.”
The census asks how many people live in a specific household. The person who responds must count the number of people who are or will be living in their home on April 1. It also asks more detailed information about each person living there, such as age, gender, race, if they’re of Hispanic or Latino origin, and their relationship to the responder.
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