2020 Census

What Is the 2020 Census?

The Census is the mandatory counting of people and gathering of information that is to take place every ten years as mandated under  Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. This count helps determine things such as how many seats in Congress each state receives and how billions of dollars in federal funding gets appropriated.

The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

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Census video

When does the 2020 Census begin?


While the Census does not have a definitive "start date", every home will receive an invitation to participate in the Census via the mail by April 1, 2020, which is National U.S. Census Day. To view the census timeline, click here.


How can I respond to the Census?

For the first time ever, households will be able to respond to the Census in three different ways: online, over the phone, and by mail. For more information on how to respond, click here.


Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census

In the 2010 Census, it was estimated that up to 5% of children under the age of five weren't counted. That equates to roughly 1 million young children. To help prevent that from recurring, the Census Bureau has put out a very helpful guide on how to count young children in your household. Click here for more information.


How do I become a Census Taker?

To become a Census Taker, apply online by going to For more information or to get help applying, you can call 1-855-JOB-2020.