The census, a nationwide population count taken every 10 years, officially begins April 1. Census data is the basis for how billions of federal dollars are distributed for countless programs, including transportation, education and health care.
Review the information below to learn more about why the census is important and how to make sure your household is counted.
Census 2020 at a Glance
The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count—or a census—of America’s population. The Census 2020 goal is to count everyone once, only once and in the right place. Learn more. >>>
Census 101: What You Need to Know
Census data determines how more than $675 billion is spent to support your state, county and community’s vital programs. Learn more. >>>
Census 2020 and Confidentiality
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 in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential. Learn more. >>>