The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape your future.
You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children.
Why your Answers Matter
- Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads, and more.
- Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future.
- Responding also fulfills your civic duty because it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
- Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Your Answers are Protected
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.
There is No Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census
The 2020 Census is easy. You will answer a simple questionnaire about yourself and everyone living with you on April 1. Explore the questions you’ll be asked on your census form, including why they are asked and how your responses are used.
How it Works
In early March 2020, every household in America received a notice to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail.
How to Take the Census
Please complete your form online by visiting my2020census.gov. You only need your home address to start if you do not have the code given by the census in early march.
You have the option of completing the questionnaire by phone. To begin, call 844-330-2020.
The 2020 Census can be completed by phone in several languages.
Avoid Fraud and Scams
Remember, the Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Your Social Security number.
- Your bank account or credit card numbers.
- Anything on behalf of a political party.
- Money or donations.
In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.
Find more information about avoiding Fraud and Scam
COVID-19 and The Census
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations to protect the health and safety of our employees and the public, and to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities based on guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities. See changes here.