What is the census? The census is an official count of every person living in the U.S. regardless of age, citizenship or immigration status. The census takes place every 10 years.
Why does the census matter? What is in it for you? The census determines how $675 billion dollars are distributed nationwide and spent on hospitals, roads, schools, public works and vital programs and services. The census also determines political representation.
What information do I need to provide? The number of people living or staying in your home, whether the home is owned, rented or occupied, a phone number for a central person in the home, the name, sex, age, date of birth and race or ethnicity of each person living there and the relationship of each of them to the central person in the home.
How does it work and what is the timeline?
March 12-20, 2020: Invitation postcards to take the census sent to households. Responses can be online or via phone call.
March 23: Census Bureau Website goes live
March 16-April 4: Reminder letters sent
April 1: Census Day
April 8-16: Letters with paper surveys sent to those who have not responded
May-July: In person follow-ups by Census Enumerators