The United States Census counts every single person living in the United States and its territories once. Conducted every ten years, the Census determines congressional representation and federal funding for states and communities.
The Census is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
Every year, more than $675 billion of federal funds go toward public institutions like hospitals, schools, fire departments and roads. Results from the 2020 Census will determine which communities see portions of these funds. The Census also determines congressional representation.
The Census is mandated by the United States Constitution and has been conducted every ten years since 1790.
All households will receive an invitation to take the census by April 1, 2020. Find a detailed timeline for 2020 Census activities.
The 2020 Census can be taken by mail, by phone or online.
It is important to understand how and who to count on your census. If you are filling out your census for your household, you should count anyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes children. Young children are typically under reported, so be sure to count any children living with you. This includes children who split their time between households, if they are living with you on April 1, 2020.