2020 Census

The Census is vital for each community! we all benefit from being counted in the census


  • Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year for more than 100 programs, including: highway construction, schools, hospitals, fire departments, school lunch programs, and other critical programs and services.
  • The results of this once-a-decade count also determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

How does it work?

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: Online, by phone, or by mail.

Everyone counts.  The 2020 Census counts everyone living in the country, including non-citizens.  

Who Is Required To Respond?

Everyone living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.

View a sample copy of the 2020 Census questionnaire (PDF): English – Spanish

What should I know about privacy?

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life. 
  • Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business – even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
  • Your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits.
  • Your answers are only used to create statistics about our country.
  • There will not be a question of citizenship on the Census.  
During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:

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  • Your Social Security number.
  • Money or donations.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers.
  • Citizenship status