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The U.S. Census Wants to Hear From You!

Group of people sitting around table with census materialsIf you have responded to the Census, thank you! If you have not, it's not too late. Find out how to respond by reading this page from the official Census 2020 website.

The basics

  • The census counts every person living in the United States, regardless of age or citizenship status, every 10 years in years ending in 0.
  • It’s in the Constitution.
  • There is NOT a Citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

It’s important

  • It’s about money, power, and data.
  • Every year people pay their taxes. Only every 10 years, we help decide how those dollars come back to us. The 2020 Census will help to distribute billions of dollars in federal resources to your community.
  • Our community gets resources based on population counts, that helps pay for schools, roads, police, fire, health care and many more services. An undercount in our community would jeopardize our full share of these resources.
  • An accurate and complete Census helps businesses, community leaders and elected officials make informed decisions every day.

It’s easy

  • For the first time, people can respond online and by phone, in addition to the mail-in option. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and impacts the next 10 years because the next Decennial Census does not happen until 2030.

It’s safe and confidential

  • Your data is protected and it’s confidential. Federal law protects your responses, which cannot be shared with law enforcement, immigration agencies, or housing authorities.

COVID-19 & the 2020 Census:

  • The 2020 Census is underway and the most important and safe thing you can do is respond online, by phone, or by mail. It has never been easier to respond to the 2020Census.
  • Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up with households.