2020 U.S. Census

Census count ended October 31, 2020.

Once a decade, the U.S. Census counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.   

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What to Expect

The U.S. Census Bureau accepts responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer.  Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census are in the mail. The mailing includes instructions on how to respond online.  Although, you don't have to wait until you get your invitation.  Just go to https://my2020census.gov/ and use your address to get started.

If you are filling out the census for your household, you should count anyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time.  Visit the U.S. 2020 Census website to see what questions will be asked. 

  • Check the 2020 Census Response Rate Tracker for daily updates.   
  • The 2020 Census only asks a question about name, age, race, sex, Hispanic Origin, family relationship, and housing situation of everyone in the home.
  • The Census does NOT ask for citizenship, social security number, bank or credit card number, cash, or donations for any political party.
  • Census workers will be clearly identified with Census photo id badges, Census bags, and hand held devices.  Census workers will be using Personal Protection Equipment (i.e., masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer).
  • Your personal Census responses are protected by federal law and cannot be shared with any government agency, law enforcement, or individual for 72 years!

How the Census Benefits Our Community

The US Census brings over $1,800 per person per year in federal and state funds back to our counties and towns for health care, schools, highways, economic development and more.  Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. 

Watch a brief video on the importance of the census from Wake County.  People use census data in all kinds of ways:

Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.

Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.

Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.

Learn more about the Census and why it's important here.  See Census flyer in Spanish here.