Census 2020

The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1. 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. 

How it Works

In early March 2020, every household in America will receive a notice to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that have yet to respond.

Open Locations 

If you need help filling out the Census, our community centers will be available for you to visit. Each center will be staffed with trained Census professionals. 


  • March 9-April 5 
  • April 14-26
Lincoln Park Community Center
Phone: 240-314-8780
Monday-Friday from 7-8 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon
Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
Thomas Farm Community Center
Phone: 240-314-8840
Monday-Friday from 7-8 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon
Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
Twinbrook Community Recreation Center
Phone: 240-314-8830

Monday-Friday from 7-8 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon
Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
Senior Center
Phone: 240-314-8800
Monday-Friday from noon-1 p.m.; 4-5 p.m.

Transportation for Seniors 

We offer taxi vouchers for eligible seniors. Call the Senior Center at 240-314-8800 to find out if you qualify.