The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
Your Response Matters
Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
By April 1, 2020, each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online. In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics.
Below are informational resources to assist you in what you need to know and counting younger children, as well as several videos on understanding the 2020 Census and the importance of including everyone in your household in the 2020 Census.