Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. Each year, the results help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities.
Responding to 2020 Census is our civic duty. For the first time, in 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online. The process will be quick and secure. You can respond to the census in less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee. You’ll still be able to respond by mail.
What to Expect in 2020
By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You'll then have three options to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. We'll mark Census Day on April 1, 2020, with events across the country. This is a key date for the 2020 count: When completing the census, you'll note where you are living on April 1.
What happens to your answers?
Your personal information is kept confidential. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data are used only for statistical purposes.
The Bureau combines your responses with information from other households to produce these statistics, which never identify your household or any person in your household. Learn more about how the Bureau protects your information.