The 2020 Census Questions Every U.S Household Will Be Asked, Annotated For the national head count, all U.S. households will encounter the question: "Is this person a citizen of the United States?"
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The 2020 Census Questions Every U.S Household Will Be Asked, Annotated

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The 2020 Census Questions Every U.S Household Will Be Asked, Annotated

The 2020 Census Questions Every U.S Household Will Be Asked, Annotated

The 2020 Census Questions Every U.S Household Will Be Asked, Annotated

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Updated 4:25 p.m. ET, August 6

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the questions for the upcoming 2020 count. They include a question about citizenship as requested by the Justice Department and approved by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the census. For the national head count, the Census Bureau is planning to ask all U.S. households: "Is this person a citizen of the United States?"

The citizenship numbers are needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act's protections against voting discrimination, according to the Census Bureau's report to Congress. Critics of the citizenship question, including California's state attorney general, have been filing lawsuits to try to remove it from the 2020 questionnaire.

Other notable changes to the 2020 census form include new write-in areas for white and black origins for the race question and the distinction between opposite-sex and same-sex couples in the response categories for the relationship question.

We've annotated the major changes to the questions and some of the noteworthy features of the census below, explaining the reason behind — and some pushback against — questions on Hispanic/Latino origin, white and black origins, Asian and Pacific Islander groups, as well as same-sex and opposite-sex relationships.

Hispanic/Latino origin:

Read more here.

White and black origins:

Read more here and here.

Asian and Pacific Islander groups:

Opposite-sex and same-sex couples:

Read more here.