The following information is from the U.S. Census Bureau
In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.
What is the Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. This count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Why do we count the people?
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.
Are Census data really confidential?
The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.
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.
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.
The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank or credit card account numbers, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
- March 12-20: homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.
- March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
- April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
- May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
- Your census can be completed online or by telephone or my mail
- The census only takes approximately 10 minutes to complete
- You will not be asked for your Social Security Number, or political party affiliations
- There is no citizenship question.
- College students are counted where they rest their heads at night as of April 1, 2020. Students living in a dorm will be counted as part of the school. Students living off-campus will receive a census notice for their address.
- COVID -19 update: for parents with college students currently home due to COVID-19 closures, those students should still be counted where they live while at school in a normal year according to the U.S Census Bureau.