Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone who lives in this country — everyone, regardless of age or citizenship. It’s written in the Constitution.
The census count is used to determine how many representatives each state will have in Congress and to decide how federal funding is fairly distributed to states and communities — for important services and infrastructure including hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, highways, and emergency response. The 2020 Census determines how the federal government spends tax dollars, every year for the next 10 years. If our state's count is not complete and correct, we could lose out on our fair share of political power and federal funding for the next 10 years.
Your household should have received an invitation already. If you did not — or you do not have it handy — don't worry. You can still respond by using your home address. You can answer online, by telephone, or by mail.
Now! Counting in our area began March 12 and continues through August 14. The April 1 "Census Day" date is used to call attention to the count and for decision-making purposes about who lives in your home.
Note: Some dates may be later due to COVID-19 public health measures.
You should count everyone who usually lives at your address as of April 1, 2020. That includes babies, relatives or friends with you temporarily (and who won't be counted elsewhere). Do not count college students who usually live on campus, even if they have been sent home this semester due to COVID-19 precautions.
The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete. (Only 1 form needs to be completed for each household.)
The census asks:
No. The 2020 Census does not include any questions about citizenship. It is important that you complete the census regardless of your immigration status. Everyone deserves to be counted, and your information will be kept confidential.
In general, you should count yourself where you live and sleep most of the time. If you are filling out the census form for your home, pay special attention if you or someone living in your household is a...
Yes! Information you submit through the census form (online, over the telephone, or on paper) is kept confidential by the U.S. Census Bureau, which is a nonpartisan government agency. The Census Bureau will never share information with immigration enforcement agencies or law enforcement agencies.
By law, census information is not made public until 72 years after it is taken. That means that your answers in 2020 will not be released until 2092 — becoming part of the nation's historical records, for research and genealogical purposes.
The Census Bureau will never ask you for:
Yes, the my2020census.gov website works on smartphones and tablets.
Paper forms are available in English and Spanish only. The online and telephone questionnaires are available in 13 languages. The Census 2020 info site is available in 59 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Tamil, and Hindi.
Call these toll-free numbers for assistance or to respond to the 2020 Census by phone.
English and TDD: 844-330-2020
Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
Telephone Display Device (TDD)
Find out more about why the census matters, what to expect when the count begins, and how to get involved: