U.S. Census 2020


What is the 2020 Census?

“The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

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.” –U.S. Census Bureau, “What is the Census?”

Why We Conduct This Count

“The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

It’s also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.”–U.S. Census Bureau, “Why We Conduct This Count”

Counting Everyone

“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.”–U.S. Census Bureau, “Counting Everyone”


You May Be Interested In…

Responding to the Census
Please complete your form online, by phone, or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives. Visit my2020census.gov to begin.

Questions Asked on the Form
Responding to the 2020 Census is easy. Learn more about the questions that are asked and how your answers will be used.

Spread the Word
Everyone can play a part in ensuring a complete and accurate count in 2020.

Additional Resources:

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