The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.
There are many ways the 2020 Census can shape your community. For example, the data can help inform where your community needs:
The 2020 census counts every person living in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and 5 U.S. territories.
By April 1, 2020 all households should have received their census data forms from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The form is 10 questions and will take about 10 minutes to complete.
If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time. If someone is staying in your home on April 1, and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 Census.
You can answer the questions via the Internet and submit the form online. OR you can call-in your answers. OR put the paper form with your answers in the U.S. mail.
NO. On July 2, 2019 the federal government decided to eliminate the citizenship question from the 2020 Census.
Yes, participation in the U.S. Census is required by law in Title 13 of the United States Code.
Yes, the U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. Law-enforcement agencies are prohibited, by law, from receiving any personally identifiable information from your census questionnaire.
The U.S. Census Bureau NEVER asks for your social security number, your bank account or credit card numbers, money or donations. AARP has a page of tips on how to avoid census fraud and how to report suspected fraud.
Census workers must present an ID badge that includes their photo, the U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. You can use the Census Bureau's Staff Search page or contact the New York Regional office for assistance.
When can you expect your Census postcard? The following timeline includes key dates for the 2020 Census.