Why is the information needed?

An accurate count of the population is required by law and serves as the basis for fair political representation.  State population counts from the census are used to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives across the 50 states. State and local officials use census results to help redraw congressional, state, and local district boundaries. Governments and nonprofit organizations rely on census data to determine the need for new roads, hospitals, schools, and other public-sector investments. Census data are also vital to businesses as a key source of information. Census data were used to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and local communities for health, education, housing, and infrastructure programs each year.

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1. How do I know the person at my door is an official census worker?
2. What type of information does the Census Bureau seek?
3. Why is the information needed?
4. How do they protect the information?