2020 is a Census Year!
What is the Census? The census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. It happens every ten years.
Beginning in March, every household in America will receive a postcard with instructions for taking the census online or by phone in several different languages. Starting in May, census takers will make in-person visits to households that haven't had a chance to respond.
How is my information kept safe?
By law, the Census Bureau is required to keep the information it collects confidential, even from other government agencies. Only statistical information is released, such as population counts. Read more here about privacy and security with the Census Bureau.
Who gets counted?
Everyone living in your household as of April 1. This includes infants, extended family, and nonfamily living at your residence. Do not count college students living in dorms, as they will be counted where they are. Read more here about who to count in your household.
Why is the census important?
The results are used to determine how much funding local communities receive for key public services and how many seats each state gets in Congress. State and local officials also use census counts to draw boundaries for congressional, state legislative, and school districts.
How can I get involved?
Engage with your local Census Bureau representative at our Civic Labs, which are informal lobby tables designed to spark conversation. Read more here how you can help get involved with the census.
Interested in how census data can be used for research?
Check out these popular databases.