What is a Census?
Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It 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.
What to Expect in the Mail
When it's time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.
On or between:
|March 12 - 20, 2020||An invitation to respond online.|
|March 16 - 24, 2020||A reminder letter.|
|If you haven't responded yet...|
|March 26, April 3, 2020||A reminder postcard.|
|April 8 - 16, 2020||A reminder letter and paper questionnaire.|
|April 20 - 27, 2020||A final reminder postcard.|
Please note, the U.S. Census will follow up in person with all households that do not respond.
How are census data used?
The 2020 Census is important for you and your community. The results help you understand how demographics - including income and education levels - and population size are changing in your area. Businesses, researchers, and policymakers depend on high-quality data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau to make important decisions such as:
- Where to build schools, roads, and hospitals.
- Where to open new stories and expand operations.
- What products and services to sell.
- What new policies and public programs will be most helpful in our community.
What is the decennial census?Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the county to support vital programs - impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They are also used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Will my data remain confidential?Federal law protects your census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. By law, the U.S. Census cannot share your information with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits.