What is the Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. Mandated by the U.S. Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, it is essentially a snapshot of the United States. Each home should have received an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire - online, by phone, or by mail. Participating in the Census is required by law.
Importance of Participating
The 2020 Census, like each Census conducted in our nation’s history, will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding, and provide essential data that will impact communities for the next decade. Data from the 2020 Census will also be valuable to businesses, as it provides key information such as population trends and growth projections. Many business owners rely on Census data to make decisions such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories or offices, as well as where to recruit employees and which products and services to offer. Other sectors that are impacted by Census data are education (from funding to what kind of school lunches are provided), plans for highways and roads, and disaster response.
How to take the 2020 Census
Every home should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. There are three options for responding: online, by phone, or by mail. Households should have received official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. More information can be found here: United States 2020 Census - Ways to Respond
What Will be Asked?
Questions in the 2020 Census will center on household size, family relations of persons living in your home, age information, ethnicity information, etc. For a sample of questions that will be included, please refer to: United States 2020 Census - Questions Asked
Be counted! For further information on the U.S. 2020 Census, please refer to: United States 2020 Census