What is the Census?
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a once-every-decade count of everyone living in the country.
When we know how many people live in your community, organizations, and businesses are better equipped to evaluate the services and programs needed, such as clinics, schools, and roads. It also determines how seats in Congress are distributed among the 50 states.
In March of 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will send every household an invitation to complete a simple questionnaire about who lives at your address on April 1st. You will have the opportunity to respond online, by phone, or by mail, and federal law keeps those responses safe and secure.
The 2020 Census can help shape the future of your community. Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads, and more. They are also used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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.