2020 Census Extended to Oct. 15

As of October 4, 99.6 percent of housing units have been accounted for in the 2020 Census. Forty-three states, plus the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, are over 99 percent complete. Four states are over 98 percent complete, and the remaining 3 states are over 97 percent complete. Data collection for the 2020 Census is planned to continue through October 15, 2020.

For the first time, the U.S. Census can be completed online, by phone, and paper. The online form and toll-free Questionnaire Assistance phone numbers will be available in 13 different languages, including English. Access and complete your 2020 Census form online. Completing your Census should only take ten minutes.

The Facts

What Is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census will count the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

What can I expect?

Beginning in the middle of March 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. The 2020 Census marks the first time you’ll have the option to respond online. You can even respond to the Census using your mobile device.


Why Is the Census Important?

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. It’s also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

BE COUNTED. Complete your Census.