2020 Census: Your response matters!
The census happens every 10 years, and provides an official count of the U.S. population and information about important demographic changes over a decade. The data collected helps determine the distribution of federal funding to states for numerous programs that help our communities:
- Medicaid, school lunches, and SNAP
- Roads, bridges, hospitals and schools
- After-school programs and community health centers
The census counts every single person in the U.S. It’s your civic duty. Completing the census is mandatory; it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I count!”
It’s about fair representation.
Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives.
It’s in the constitution.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years.
It’s about redistricting.
After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
Your privacy matters.
When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
The census is coming!
You can expect to receive a postcard with instructions from the U.S. Census Bureau in early March 2020. You’ll be able to respond online or by phone. It is important that every adult and every child living in your household be counted – regardless of citizenship status.
Shape your future. Start here.
Our community has a lot to gain when we all respond to the census. So make an impact by participating in the 2020 census. When we all come together, anything is possible. Watch your mail for details or take action at www.2020census.gov.