What is the Census?

The census is a nationwide effort to count the entire U.S. population as mandated by the Constitution. It occurs every 10 years and is the foundation for all data in the U.S. The data collected is then used to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. Policy leaders, businesses, schools, health care, and philanthropy all use census data to make important decisions for their communities.

 

How DO I respond to the Census?

Mail - Available in English and Spanish

Internet – Available in 13 languages

Phone – Available in 13 languages

Languages online and over the phone include:

Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.

What are the key dates?

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March 12th, 2020: First mailers will be sent to households. Online portal to respond to 2020 Census will be open.

April 1st, 2020: Official Census Day!

End of April, 2020—July 2020: Nonresponse Follow Up. Census takers will visit households that did not respond to initial census form