The 2020 Census starts in March, so it’s time to make sure all families and children are counted!

Completing the Census is safe, easy, and important. A complete count of everyone living in the United States is essential, because the data collected determines community funding, congressional representation, and more.

It’s vital that everyone is counted, especially infants and young children, who are often missed. When they are not counted, funding for programs that families rely on is lost for the next 10 years. That’s most of their childhood!

What is the Census?

Census 2020 is a count of every person living in the United States and its territories.

The count includes children and newborn babies, citizens and noncitizens, and temporary residents living in the United States on April 1. The Constitution requires a Census every 10 years, and it only takes 10 minutes to complete.

Do I have to participate? 

Participation is required, but it’s safe because your information is kept private and secure. 

No information is collected about immigration status. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share information with any other government agency.

Why is it important? 

Schools. Health clinics and hospitals. Fire departments. Roads and highways. Even local businesses and services.

The Census determines how billions of dollars are spent on all these services and more. Your response matters, because a complete and correct population count makes sure that your community gets its share of support for all these public services.

The Census also determines congressional representation and voting districts, so getting counted makes sure your community has power and a voice in government.


How do I get counted? 

It’s quick and easy to respond by mail, telephone, or online.

Starting in March, each home will receive an invitation to complete a simple survey about the people who live and sleep there. We’ve gathered information for families here that explains when and how to respond and who should be counted.

Partner agencies can help.

Please encourage the families you work with every day to complete the Census. More details on the Census process and a toolkit of resources to explain and promote the Census are available here.