It’s time for the 2020 Census

This is your opportunity to shape the future of your community for years to come

WHY IT MATTERS

Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions.

The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults and children.

The census matters now more than ever. It will inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding and grants are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.

WHEN AND HOW

Starting March 12 to 20, you should receive an official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. This is the first census that allows people to respond in these three ways.

In late March, the Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness, visiting shelters, soup kitchens and mobile food vans, and counting on the streets and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.

April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

In 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. Census takers will also begin following up with households that have not yet responded in areas that include off-campus housing, where residents are not counted in groups.

In May through July, census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted. Find out how you can support this effort, and also how to verify someone is a census taker. By December, the Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

For more information on the Census, visit the United States Census 2020 webpage.