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Census 2020: What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know

Census Day is April 1, 2020!

Census Timeline:

January – March 2019: The U.S. Census Bureau opens 39 area census offices. These offices open early to support Address Canvassing.
June – September 2019: The Census Bureau opens the remaining 209 area census offices. The offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.

August 2019: The Census Bureau conducts in-field address canvassing. Census takers visit areas that have added or lost housing in recent years to ensure that the Census Bureau's address list is up to date.

January 2020: The Census Bureau begins counting the population in remote Alaska.
April 1, 2020: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You'll then have three options for responding: online, by mail, or by phone.
April 2020: Census takers begin following up with households around selected colleges and universities. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews.
May 2020: The Census Bureau begins following up with households that have not responded.
December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the president.

How to Identify Official Census Representatives

  • Must present an ID Badge which contains: photograph of field representative, Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date.
  • Will provide you with supervisor contact information and/or the regional office phone number for verification, if asked.
  • Will provide you with a letter from the Director of the Census Bureau on U.S. Census Bureau letterhead.
  • May be carrying a laptop and/or bag with a Census Bureau logo.

What's New for Census 2020?

  • For the first time, the Census will have an online and by phone submission option!
  • One question new to the 2020 Census will ask about household relationships, allowing individuals to indicate a same-sex relationship with another household member.

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What the Census WILL Ask

  • Name
  • Age and Date of Birth
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Owner/Renter
  • Number of People Living or Staying
  • Any Additional People
  • Relationship
  • Lives or Stays Somewhere Else
  • Relationship
  • Phone Number (in case they need to contact you)

What the Census WON'T Ask

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  • Full Social Security Number
  • Mothers Maiden Name
  • Bank Account Information
  • Donation of any kind
  • Political Affiliatio
  • Citizenship

Why Care About the Census?

Article I, Section II of the United States Constitution established the Census:

"Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand..."

Representation in the U.S. House

Population determines the number of House Representatives your state is allotted. 

Determines Federal Funding Allocations

Every person counts in the Census because "more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities every year." This affects our public schools, public works like the highway department, colleges/universities, hospitals, etc.

Privacy in Your Lifetime, A Window for Your Descendants

Census data is not released with identifying information for 72 years. When these Census collections are published they provide valuable information for genealogy enthusiasts and those wanting to learn more about their family trees.

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Complete the Census Online!

Must complete Census as head of household. 

Census ID will be available on Census correspondence. 

If you don't have your Census ID, you can use your home address.

Complete the Census by Phone!

Starting March 9, respondents can call these toll-free numbers for assistance or to respond to the 2020 Census by phone.

English:  844-330-2020  Spanish:  844-468-2020 
Chinese (Mandarin):  844-391-2020  Chinese (Cantonese):  844-398-2020 
Vietnamese:  844-461-2020  Korean:  844-392-2020 
Russian:  844-417-2020  Arabic:  844-416-2020 
Tagalog:  844-478-2020  Polish:  844-479-2020 
French:  844-494-2020  Haitian Creole:  844-477-2020 
Portuguese:  844-474-2020  Japanese:  844-460-2020 
English (Puerto Rico residents):  844-418-2020  Spanish (Puerto Rico residents):  844-426-2020 
Telephone Display Device (TDD):  844-467-2020

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