What is the Census? The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail—between March 12-20.
Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.
Why is the Census Important?
The Census provides critical data.
Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
Census results determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S House of Representatives, they are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
Data numbers can attract new businesses.
How is the COVID-19 Pandemic Affecting the Census?
The schedule for self-responses has been extended as a result. Now you can respond to the Census through October 31, 2020.
Select offices are now open to continue field operations throughout the country.
The Census Bureau will continue to monitor changing conditions and adjust operations as required.
How Do I Respond?
Responding to the 2020 Census is simple! Here’s how:
By phone dial in to 844-330-2020. Click here for a full list of language support numbers.