Get Ready for the 2020 Census

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics.  The 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

In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer.  By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. The process is quick and easy. You'll then have three options to respond:

  • Online
  • By phone
  • By mail

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. 

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How the Census Benefits Our Community

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. 

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.