2020 United States Census

US Census 2020 logo.jpg

Your Response Matters

Census results help determine how federal funding flows into our state and community each year for things like health clinics, fire departments, schools, even roads and highways. It also determines how many seats in Congress our state gets. Getting a complete and accurate count is essential so our leaders and officials will have reliable information when they need to make decisions that impact our lives and communities.

Learn more:

Website: 2020census.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uscensusbureau

Twitter: https://twitter.com/uscensusbureau

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/us-census-bureau

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/uscensusbureau

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uscensusbureau/

Important Dates

  • March 12 - 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. You can use library computers to complete the census.
  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide, however, you can complete the census as soon as you receive materials.
  • April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people.
  • May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to make sure everyone is counted. 
  • * UPDATE * The 2020 census had been scheduled to stop at the end of July, but the deadline has now been extended to mid-August.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

Work for the U.S. Census

While field operations have been postponed, the census bureau is still actively seeking recruiting assistants, census takers, and census field supervisors to be ready to go when operations resume. Learn about census jobs and how to apply at 2020census.gov/jobs.

Who to Count?

Count Everyone Under Your Roof

If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes any friends or family members who are living and sleeping there most of the time. If someone is staying in your home on April 1, and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 Census. Please also be sure to count roommates, young children, newborns, and anyone who is renting a space in your home. These people are often missed in the census. This means they can miss out on resources for themselves and their communities over the next 10 years.

Counting Young Children

It is important to remember to count any children who are living with you. This includes:

  • All children who live in your home, including foster children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and the children of friends (even if they are living with you temporarily).
  • Children who split their time between homes, if they are living with you on April 1, 2020.
  • Newborn babies, even those who are born on April 1, 2020, or who are still in the hospital on this date.

Avoiding Fraud and Scams

Avoiding Scams Online

Phishing is a criminal act in which someone tries to get your information by pretending to be an entity that you trust. Phishing emails often direct you to a website that looks real but is fake – and may be infected with malware.

It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers.
  • Money or donations.
  • In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.

Staying Safe at Home

If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:

  • First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
  • If you still have questions about their identity, you can call (800) 923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

Privacy and Security

The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.

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.

Learn more at 2020census.gov