Every 10 years, the census records everyone living in this country — everyone, regardless of age or citizenship. It’s written in the Constitution. And it comes in the form of an invitation or questionnaire that most households will receive in the mail by the end of March.
The population is counted to determine how many representatives each state will have in Congress and to decide how federal funding is distributed to states and communities — for essential services and infrastructure including hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, highways, and natural disaster response. The 2020 census will be the basis for how the federal government spends tax dollars, every year for the next ten years. Everyone needs to be counted — or the basis for representation and spending will be incorrect for the next 10 years.
Most households will have received invitations by late March. You can choose to respond online, by telephone, or by mail. You'll count everyone who 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), the elderly...anyone living at your address on April 1.
Note: At present, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the census 2020 is continuing. If the timetable changes, the library will update this page.
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 the 1950 census records will be released in April 2022 — becoming part of the nation's historical records, for research and genealogical purposes.
The Census Bureau will never ask you for:
Yes, the online form will be optimized for portable devices.
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:
census security: Find out about the technology behind the census and why it's secure.
censuscounts.org: A collaboration among many national organizations and community partners to make sure that the 2020 Census is fair and accurate.
Lake County Complete Count Committee: Staff at your public library are active members of local and regional organizing groups established to facilitate a complete and accurate count for your community.