2020 Federal Census- April 1, 2020

The 2020 Census and Confidentiality
2020 Federal Census

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories—once, only once, and in the right place. This census is conducted every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. 

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.

What to Expect in 2020

By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You'll then have three options to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. We'll mark Census Day on April 1, 2020, with events across the country. This is a key date for the 2020 count: When completing the census, you'll note where you are living on April 1.

Respond to the 2020 Census to shape the future.

Responding to the census helps communities ge the funding they need and helps businesses make data-driven decisions that grow the economy.  Census data impact our daily lives, informing important decisions about funding for services and infrastructure in your community, including health care, senior centers, jobs, political representation, roads, schools, and businesses.  More than $675 billion in federal funding flows back to states and local communities each year based on census data.

Your Census responses are safe and secure.

The Census Bureau is required by law to proctect any personal inforamtion we collect and keep it strictly confidential.  The Census Bureau can only use your answers to produce statistics.  In fact, every Census Bureau employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.  Your answers cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine your personal elibility for goverment benefits.

By law, your responses cannot be used against you (Title 13).

By law, your census responses cannot be used against you by any goverment agency or court in any way- not by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), not by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and not by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The law requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential and use your reponses only to produce statistics.

It's your choice: you can respond securely online, by mail, or by phone.

You will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.  Households that don't respond in one of these ways will be visited by a census taker to collect the information in person.  Regardless of how you respond, your personal information is protected by law.  Your online responses are safe from hacking and other cyberthreats.  All data submitted online are encrypted to protect personal privacy, and our cybersecurity progam meets the highest and most recent standards for protecting personal information.

For more information please click on  the following link: 2020census.gov.

Please note: Census Takers in My Neighborhood

Starting in 2019, you may begin to notice census takers in your neighborhood. This is a normal part of the 2020 Census preparation and data collection process. Census field representatives will also continue to collect information for the American Community Survey (ACS) and other ongoing surveys.

For more information on Why Does the Census Bureau Do This? And Verify Census Workers in Your Area-  Please click on the following link: https://2020census.gov/en/census-takers.html.

Explore where the Census Bureau plans to send address canvassers with this interactive map. 

2020 Census Jobs

Earn extra income while helping your community.  The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Please click on the following link for more information: 2020 Census Jobs


Overall Timeline 

Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here's a look at some of the key dates along the way:

January – March 2019: The U.S. Census Bureau opens 39 area census offices. These offices open early to support Address Canvassing.

June – September 2019: The Census Bureau opens the remaining 209 area census offices. The offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.

August 2019: The Census Bureau conducts in-field address canvassing. Census takers visit areas that have added or lost housing in recent years to ensure that the Census Bureau's address list is up to date.

January 2020: The Census Bureau begins counting the population in remote Alaska.

April 1, 2020: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You'll then have three options for responding: online, by mail, or by phone.

April 2020: Census takers begin following up with households around selected colleges and universities. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews.

May 2020: The Census Bureau begins following up with households that have not responded.

December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the president.