As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, our nation gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The 2020 Census will be conducted this year on April 1st. To learn more about the 2020 Census and its importance, see below. 


Why Is The Census Important?


Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community.

  • Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.

  • Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.



WHEN: Thursday, March 12 – Friday, July 31, 2020

WHERE: Everywhere in the United States!

WHAT: The census is a count of every single person in the country – regardless of immigration status – conducted by the US Census Bureau (a nonpartisan government agency, similar to the US Postal Services). It’s important, because it’s a tool to create more equity in our country! Census information is a critical component of how the government allocates funds for things like food stamps and affordable housing. Census data helps determine public transportation routes, where to build new homes and improve neighborhoods, and where to build businesses to create new jobs. And the results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets – so your response directly influences our political power!


· Starting March 12, people will receive invitations in the mail to respond to the census.

· After April 1, census takers will visit residences to help count anyone who hasn’t responded.

· You have three ways to participate: 1) phone, 2) mail, or 3) online.

· The easiest way to be counted is online – and you can complete it online up until July 31.

Everyone counts: Your safety & privacy

· The 2020 Census does not ask whether you or anyone in your home is a U.S. citizen.

· The 2020 Census does count everyone living in the country, including noncitizens.

· The law prevents the Census Bureau from sharing your information with law enforcement.

· Your answers are only used to create statistics about our country – they cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits.

· The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to protect your personal information and keep it strictly confidential. That’s every answer, to every question.


Visit for lots of information, including Census 2020 Language Guides in many different languages. You may also call one of these toll-free language lines to be counted and/or ask questions about the census.

· Arabic: 844.416.2020

· Chinese (Cantonese: 844.398.2020; Mandarin: 844.391.2020)

· English: 844.330.2020 (Puerto Rico residents: 844.418.2020)

· French: 844.494.2020

· Haitian Creole: 844.477.2020

· Japanese: 844.460.2020

· Korean: 844.392.2020

· Polish: 844.479.2020

· Portuguese: 844.474.2020

· Russian: 844.417.2020

· Spanish: 844.468.2020 (Puerto Rico residents: 844.426.2020)

· Tagalog: 844.478.2020

· Vietnamese: 844.461.2020

· Telephone Display Device (TDD): 844.467.2020

What to expect.

  • It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.

  • It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.

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