CENSUS 101: What You Need to Know

The Decennial Census

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes the mammoth task of counting all the people residing in the United States. The 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 federal government.

The decennial census has been conducted in years ending in "0" since 1790, as required by the U.S. Constitution. Article I, Section 2.  Read more about the history of the census.

Census 2020 - Online

It’s easier than ever to respond

By April 1, 2020 every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:

  1. Online.
  2. By phone.
  3. By mail.

Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail in mid-March with detailed information on how to respond.  

What questions will be asked?

The 2020 Census is easy. You will answer a simple questionnaire about yourself and everyone who is living with you on April 1, 2020.

Why your answers matter

The count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources,how we plan for the future, and our voice in federal government.

Privacy & Security

The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential.