The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories - once, only once, and in the right place. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is conducted every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Why it Matters
Hospitals. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. Each year, the results help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities.
By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You’ll then have three options to respond: online, by mail, or by phone. We’ll mark Census Day on April 1, 2020, with events across the country. This is a key date for the 2020 count: When completing the census, you’ll note where you are living on April 1.
Timeline (U.S. Census Bureau)
Reminder letters sent
MARCH 26-APRIL 3
Hardcopy Census mailed
Final postcards mailed
Non-response follow-ups begin
What about confidentiality?
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal laws. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics-they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to the U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.
How can you verify that someone is a census taker?
If someone visits your home this year to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.