There are three ways to respond to the census:
Online: The census is available to complete online starting March 12. You do not need your unique ID to complete the questionnaire.
Over the phone: to complete the 2020 Census over the phone with a Census Questionnaire Assistance representative, call 1-844-330-2020.
By mail: Starting in mid-March, households will begin receiving paper questionnaires in the mail. If completing the census by mail, you must wait until you receive your questionnaire to complete it and mail it back.
Every 10 years, the United States counts every person living in the United States through a process called the Census. This year's Census will be
completed on April 1, 2020.
The U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 2, mandates that the U.S. Census Bureau deliver an accurate population count to the President of the United States within 9 months of Census Day (on or before December 31). The report provides population counts by state and the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives apportioned to each state. Your personal, individual data is never reported.
All responses to the census are confidential and protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Under this law, the Census Bureau is required to keep
your information confidential.
The U.S. Census Bureau will never share your information with immigrant enforcement agencies, like ICE; law enforcement agencies, like the FBI or police; or allow it to be used to determine eligibility for government benefits.
The results of the census are used to determine how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives.
The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are also based of Census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, public works and other vital programs.