2020 Census and COVID-19
Various census deadlines have been extended or delayed due to COVID-19, though you are encouraged to take the census online right away. Visit the 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19 page for updated information.
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 and is mandated by the United States Constitution. The census is important because it determines how much funding your community receives for things like schools and school lunches, hospitals and fire departments, and plans for highways.
In March, every household in America should have received a postcard with instructions for taking the census online or by phone in several different languages. Though you are encouraged to take the census immediately, the deadline has been extended to August 31 due to COVID-19.
WiFi is available from the library branches’ parking lots if you need internet access to take the census online. Once the libraries reopen, we’ll gladly assist you in filling out your census in person.
In-person visits to households that haven’t had a chance to respond are still planned for later this spring.
Census Facts vs. Rumors
Visit Fighting 2020 Census Rumors to get accurate information, check facts, and report rumors surrounding the census.
2020 Census Response Rates
How much of your community has responded to the census? Check out the Response Rate map to see how your community compares to the rest of your state and the country.
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?
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.