What Is the Census?
Census Day is April 1
The census counts every person living in the United States and its territories.This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and noncitizens. The census happens every 10 years and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. In March 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1.
Completing the Census Is Easy. The Questions Are Simple.
In mid-March 2020, the Census Bureau will mail postcards to most households with instructions on how to participate online. The census can also be completed via phone or mail. You will be asked seven simple questions, such as age, sex and the number of people living in your home, including children. It should only take about 10 minutes to complete. Answers are kept strictly confidential and are used for statistical purposes only.
Explore the questions asked on 2020 Census. Find tips for responding and information on how the Census Bureau will use the data.
Sample Census Questionnaire
It's Your Civic Duty
Responding to the census is your civic duty as required by federal law. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time the country has counted its population since 1790.