2020 United States Census

The 2020 Census is happening now. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail.

Once every decade, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population. Our nation’s founders believed this data was so important that they mandated the decennial census in the Constitution.

The census is much more than just a head count. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to put resources. It also helps us see how our communities have changed over time. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the 2020 Census important?

Data from the 2020 Census will affect the amount of funding the community receives, how the community plans for the future, and your representation in government.

Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to: 

• Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.
• Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.
• Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives.

Is the 2020 Census mandatory?

An accurate count is important. Census participation is required by law, for everyone living in the United States.

What is the timeline for the 2020 Census?

Households will receive a notice in the mail to participate beginning mid-March. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that haven’t responded to the census.

How can I respond?

There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census including online, by phone, or by mail. 

What information will be requested?

The 2020 Census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020.

What information will not be requested?

The Census Bureau will never ask for: 

• Social Security numbers.
• Bank or credit card account numbers.
• Money or donations.
• Anything on behalf of a political party.

Will my information be kept confidential?

Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual.

Where can I find more information?

You can learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting 2020census.gov.