The 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities over the next ten years for hospitals, fire departments, school lunch programs, and other critical programs and services.
Census results provide a snapshot of our nation — who we are, where we live, and so much more. Lawmakers, business owners, and many others use Census data to make critical decisions. Results will show where communities need new schools, clinics, and roads. The count also determines the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives and is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
By April 1, 2020, you will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home. For the first time, you'll be able to respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail.
What Happens to Your Answers?
Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home.