We only have one shot every 10 years to get the census right. If we don’t, groups that are under-counted won’t get the appropriate level of funding for programs needed in their neighborhoods, and local leaders and officials won’t have the reliable information they need to make decisions.
The census, conducted once every 10 years, is the constitutionally-required count of every person living in the United States. It’s a huge and complex endeavor, one with an enormous impact on all our communities. The data collected determines how more than $675 billion in federal funding is spent in vital programs.
The 2020 Census will be the first to urge most households to respond online, but people will also have the option of responding by phone or paper questionnaire.
Most households will receive their census materials by U.S. mail or hand-delivery starting in mid-March. The online and telephone response options will be available starting on March 12, 2020.
The decennial census form asks questions about all the people who live and sleep in a household most of the time—including babies and anyone who has no other permanent place to stay and is staying in the household—as of April 1, 2020.
The census form should take about 10 minutes to complete, depending on the number of people in the household.
Federal law protects your census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. By law your information cannot be shared with immigration enforcement agencies or law enforcement agencies.
You can complete the online form at a public library.