Census Day, the reference date for responses to the 2020 Census, is April 1, 2020. For the first time, people will be able to respond anytime, anywhere — online from any device or by mail or phone. Each completed survey is a building block to a better community and ultimately to a better America.
Important! The Census Bureau does not share personal data with other federal agencies.
The 2020 Census is important because responses are used to help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds annually are spent across the country. Those funds are used for services like emergency response and fire departments, and clinics and hospitals.
Results from the 2020 Census also determine congressional representation for each state, and are used by states to draw state legislative and school district lines.
The census of population and housing is taken every 10 years and is required by the U.S. Constitution. New technology, as well as census takers using smartphones and tablets, will make for the most modern and efficient census to date. It is important to know that in mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.