It's time for the 2020 Census!


Why do we have a Census?
The Constitution mandates a population count once every ten years. The Census started in 1790 and this year’s Census will shape how political power and federal tax dollars are shared in the U.S over the next 10 years. The number of congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets are determined by census numbers. They also guide how an estimated $880 billion a year in federal funding is distributed for schools, roads and other public services in local communities. The demographic data are used by businesses to determine, for example, where to build new supermarkets and by emergency responders to locate injured people after natural disasters.


Who fills out the Census?
The Census Bureau includes every person living in the U.S. — regardless of citizenship or immigration status. International visitors on vacation or work trips to the U.S. during the census are not included. Residents are counted at the address where they usually live and sleep.
How do I respond to the 2020 Census?
You can respond to the Census in one of three ways:
  • On the phone: For the first time, 1-800 numbers will be available to give the response over the phone.
  • In writing: A paper form will be mailed to each household.
  • Online: For the first time in history, there will be the option to fill out the Census online.
  • Mid-March 2020: An invitation to respond to the Census online will be sent to every residence sometime between 12-20 March 2020.
  • End of March 2020: A reminder letter and a reminder postcard will both be sent out at the end of March to the beginning of April.
  • Beginning of April 2020: If you still haven't responded, a reminder letter AND a paper questionnaire will be sent between April 8-16.
  • End of April 2020: A final reminder is sent between April 20-27 before a Census employee comes out to visit in person.
How do I verify that I'm responding to a legitimate Census Request?
If you receive mail about the Census:
  • Check that the return address is Jeffersonville, Indiana
  • If you continue to question the authenticity of the letter or form call the Regional Office for your state to verify the household survey. For business surveys please visit the Census Bureau Business Help Site or contact the National Processing Center.
If someone calls your household to complete a survey:
If someone visits your residence to complete a survey:
  • Check first for a valid U.S. Census Bureau ID badge
  • If you are still unsure then call the Regional Office for your state to verify you are in a legitimate survey and the visitor is a Census Bureau employee.
If you get an email and think it is bogus:
  • Do not reply, do not click on any links, and do not open any attachments.
  • Forward the email or website URL to the Census Bureau at [email protected]
  • Delete the message. The Census Bureau will investigate and notify you of the findings.


Want to look at past Census data?

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