Census 2020


What is the 2020 Census?

The Census is an official, legally mandated, complete count of those residing in the United States.

Is the Census important?

An accurate count of the population is required by law and serves as the basis for fair political representation and distribution of government and non-profit funding. Each census response is estimated to provide $1,535 of funding to your community.  

  • State population counts from the census are used to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives across the 50 states.
  • State and local officials use census results to help redraw congressional, state, and local district boundaries to meet the one-person, one-vote rule.
  • Governments and nonprofit organizations rely on census data to determine the need for new roads, hospitals, schools, and other public-sector investments. Census data are also vital to businesses to address the changing needs of the U.S. population.
  • In 2015, Census data were used to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and local communities for health, education, housing, and infrastructure programs.

Is the Census secure?

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential. Check out this flyer in English and Spanish for more information.

You can respond online, by mail, or by phone. Households that don’t respond in one of these ways will be visited by a census taker to collect the information in person. Regardless of how you respond, your personal information is protected by law. All data submitted online are encrypted to protect personal privacy, and our cyber-security program meets the highest and most recent standards for protecting personal information.

U.S. Census Security FAQ

What is the timeline for the 2020 Census?

The table below lists important dates for the 2020 Census.

March 12 - 202020 Census letter invitation
March 16 - 24Reminder letter
March 26 - April 3Reminder postcard
April 8 - 16Reminder letter and paper questionnaire
April 20 - 27Final reminder postcard
May 2020In person follow up to non-responders

What can I do to help?

Complete your census quickly and accurately. 

The 2020 Census is the first U.S. Census that can be completed conveniently online. Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be delivered between March 12-20. Once you receive that invitation, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. There are video tutorials in English, Spanish and several other languages to help individuals complete the 2020 U.S. Census.

Work for Census 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. They are hiring positions including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. Jobs for the 2020 Census offer flexible hours and competitive wages that are paid weekly with many positions making $19.50 an hour and $0.58 per mile reimbursement. Click here for more information on U.S. Census Employment opportunities.

Share Census information with your friends and neighbors

You can find and share Census 2020 updates by following the U.S. Census Bureau’s social media accounts.