What is the Census?
The Census is a count of every person living in America (including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories).
Why is the Census Important?
- Representation: The decennial (happens every 10 years) count of all U.S. residents is required by the U.S. Constitution to determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College. This data is also the basis for drawing districts for federal, state and local offices (known as redistricting).
- Funding: The Census is important to the allocation of federal funding to states (such as grants to states under the Library Services and Technology Act).
- Information: Data resulting from the Census is widely used by researchers, governments, businesses and other organizations.
How to Participate
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
- By phone
- By mail
The 2020 Census marks the first time you’ll have the option to respond online. You can even respond on your mobile device.