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Census 2020

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Data from the U.S. Census impacts the lives of everyone who lives in the U.S. Here’s a quick refresher from the U.S. Census Bureau of what it is and why it’s essential that everyone is counted. Learn more at

line drawing of a familyEveryone counts

The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once and in the right place.

U.S. map with pencil drawing lines on the map

It’s about redistricting

After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.

line drawing of U.S. Capitol

It’s about fair representation

Every 10 years the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.


Your privacy is protected

It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics.

It’s about $675 billion

The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

buildingCensus data are being used all around you

Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, which create jobs. Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.

2020 will be easier than ever

In 2020 you will be able to respond to the census online.

person on census websiteSuccess of the census

Counting an increasingly diverse and growing population is a massive undertaking. It requires years of planning and the support of thousands of people. Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. The Census Bureau depends on cross-sector collaborations with organizations and individuals to get people to participate.

4 Ways to Respond

  1. Secure Internet – Log into the site from a computer to complete the census.
  2. Respond by phone
  3. Respond by mail
  4. In-person interviews may be available at a later time.

What to expect in the mail

  • March 12-20: You will receive an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census
  • March 16-24: A reminder letter.
  • March 26-April 3: A reminder postcard.
  • April 8-16: A reminder letter and paper questionnaire.
  • April 20-27: A final reminder postcard before the Census follows up in person.

The 2020 Census is important for you and your community, and you can help.

Learn more about the 2020 Census.



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