Hospitals. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. Each year, the results help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities. It's also mandated by the Constitution: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
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.
Counting everyone in the United States and five U.S. territories is a massive undertaking. It constitutes the nation's largest peacetime mobilization of its workforce. To help, the Census Bureau is hiring hundreds of thousands of people in communities across the country to assist with the 2020 count.
Add your voice to the groups already working to ensure a complete and accurate count in 2020. Complete Count Committees and other partner organizations play a key role in raising awareness, answering questions, and encouraging their community members to participate.