What is the Census?The 2020 Census is a count of every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the U.S. Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
Who Needs to Be Counted?The 2020 Census will count every person living in the United States regardless of their country of origin or immigration status. Every person residing in your household on April 1, 2020 should be counted. This includes children, newborn babies, grandparents, friends, non-relatives, and anyone else living in your home.
Why is the Census Important?
Federal FundingEvery year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to local hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other essential resources based on census data.
Political RepresentationThe results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
Critical InformationThe census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.
Constitutional MandateArticle 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
How Can I Respond?In March 2020, each home will receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census questionnaire by mail. The invitation will include all the necessary information and instructions to complete the 2020 Census. There will be three ways to respond:
The 2020 Census marks the first time you’ll have the option to respond online. You can even respond on your mobile device.
What Happens to My Information?Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home.
Where Can I Learn More?For more information about the 2020 Census, please visit 2020census.gov.