Census 2020

Why does the Census occur?People Census

  • It’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2. The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
  • The results determine how many seats in Congress each state will have. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.

    Census 2020 Timeline

What is occurring in our community during the month of March?

March 12 - 20 

Invitations to respond online and by phone will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service from March 12 through 20, 2020.  Areas that are less likely to respond will receive a paper questionnaire along with the invitation to respond online and over the phone.   

March 16 - 24

Reminder letters will delivered. 

March 26 - April 3

Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded. 

Wonder what questions are on the Census 2020 questionnaire? 

See a sample of the Census 2020 Questionnaire and Timeline.  To view this sample in any of the 13 other provided languages, visit www.2020census.gov and select the language you prefer from the list that is located in the upper-right corner of the window.  

How important is an accurate count?

Did you know that funding to support and improve our communities depends on a successful Census? Census data informs decisions about funding for all kinds of community resources such as roads, public transportation, school programs, health care facilities, and so much more. So please cooperate with anyone carrying a Census I.D. badge as they might have some very simple questions for you.
Together, we count!

Who can I call if I have questions about the person asking me questions at my door?

If you have any concerns about the person at your door asking questions of you, you can call your Regional Census Center to speak with a Census Bureau representative at (213) 314-6500.

The 2020 Census is easy. The questions are simple.

As required by the Census Act, the U.S. Census Bureau submitted a list of questions to Congress on March 29, 2018. Based on those questions, the 2020 Census will ask:

  • How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020. This will help us count the entire U.S. population and ensure that we count people according to where they live on Census Day.
  • Whether the home is owned or rented. This will help us produce statistics about homeownership and renting. The rates of homeownership serve as one indicator of the nation’s economy. They also help in administering housing programs and informing planning decisions.
  • About the sex of each person in your home. This allows us to create statistics about males and females, which can be used in planning and funding government programs. This data can also be used to enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination.
  • About the age of each person in your home. The U.S. Census Bureau creates statistics to better understand the size and characteristics of different age groups. Agencies use this data to plan and fund government programs that support specific age groups, including children and older adults.
  • About the race of each person in your home. This allows us to create statistics about race and to provide other statistics by racial groups. This data helps federal agencies monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as those in the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
  • About whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin. These responses help create statistics about this ethnic group. This is needed by federal agencies to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as those in the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
  • About the relationship of each person in your home. This allows the Census Bureau to create estimates about families, households, and other groups. Relationship data is used in planning and funding government programs that support families, including people raising children alone.
  • Governments, businesses, communities, and nonprofits all rely on the data that these questions produce to make critical decisions.

The Census will never ask certain questions.

The Census Bureau will never ask you for:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers

If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau asks you for one of these things, it’s a scam, and you should not cooperate. For more information, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.

Need more information on Census 2020?

For more information on Census 2020, visit the official Census 2020 website.