Census 2020 Information


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Why Should I Complete the Census?

The results will show where communities need:

  • New schools
  • New clinics
  • New roads
  • More services for families, older adults, and children.

The results will also help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including:

  • Medicaid
  • Head Start
  • Block grants for community mental health services Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

What kinds of information will it ask me?

The goal of the 2020 Census is a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States and its five territories. You should count yourself at the place where you are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020.

This is a sample of the paper questionnaire that will be used during the 2020 Census. This version excludes the URL and contact information.

Please note: You cannot use this sample form to respond to the 2020 Census. FORM: English/Spanish

How can I complete the Census?

Please note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting, as you don't have the ability to save your progress. See the questions the census asks here. If you do not receive an invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you may respond online or visit our Contact Us page to call our phone line.

How can i prevent Census workers from showing up at my door?

Complete the census online, by phone, or mail ASAP

Will my information be kept confidential?

The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.

This law protects your answers to the 2020 Census. Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. Violating Title 13 is a federal crime, punishable by prison time and/or a fine of up to $250,000.

The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous: The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home.

Census Information 2020