2020 Census in progress
The United States census is currently underway and it has never been easier to respond. Simply access the internet on your computer or phone and visit 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to be counted. By participating, our community and state will gain important federal funding and resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
The census is an official count of the U.S. population and households. It provides important data to many functions in our society.
Your data helps your school
The census helps our country provide fair education to all of our students. It is used to: determine where Title 1 grants go, which helps schools in serving students from low-income families assign Special Education grants to states fund the National School Lunch programs provide grants to improve teacher quality and preschool programs determine how to best meet the needs of students in a community
Used to inform our communities
Residents use it in supporting community initiatives. Businesses also use it in creating places for jobs, and real estate agencies make new neighborhoods and revitalize old ones from the data. It aids in enforcing civil and voting rights legislation. It is used by local governments for safety and emergency preparations. It determines how government monies are spent supporting state, county, and community efforts.
The census is key in redistributing the House of Representatives, which determines how many seats a state gets. It is used to redraw boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts.
How it works
Your information is legally protected.
The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the United States Code, which provides protection to the citizens of the United States.
The Census: must be confidential and used only for statistical purposes cannot be used to share information that identifies people, homes, or businesses for 72 years (including names, addresses, social security numbers, or phone numbers) will not be able to be used against anyone in court or by a government agency, including immigration and law enforcement, the IRS, FBI, CIA, or any government body requires census bureau staff to take a legally-binding oath for life to protect the personal information of the public.
Participating in the Census
You can submit your responses to the census in several ways, such as: through a secure internet response form on your phone or computer (see 2020census.gov) through a phone call to 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish)* by mail or by an in-person interview, which will be conducted by a numerator who visits your home *Note: There are 13 other phone numbers for different languages.
To see the list of numbers or languages, visit the Census Bureau's Responding by phone page. Census timeline The process to complete a census happens over an extended period of time. Learn more about the census timeline* and key steps along the way on the Census Bureau's Important Dates page.
Read more about the new timeline on the Census Bureau's COVID-19 Operational adjustment page. https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/operational-adjustments-covid-19.html
The Census Bureau has the answers to many questions about the Census, how to participate, and more. Visit the Census Bureau website to learn more. Learn more https://www.census.gov