Complete your census questionnaire online at my2020census.gov.
The census is constitutionally mandated and foundational to our government. Political representation is apportioned based on the census. In addition, funding for local infrastructure and services depends on an accurate census.
FUNDING DEPENDS ON ACCURATE CENSUS
The census data is used to fund many of our most important government programs including:
- Medical assistance
- Nutrition assistance
- Highway and transit funds
- Education, including Pell grant, school lunch, school breakfast, head start
- Economic assistance, including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Section 8, foster care, child care, low-income energy assistance, workforce training, community grants, social services, AmeriCorps
- Disaster recovery
- See full list
CENSUS AND PRIVACY
Census data is private and all data is anonymized before being released. Census employees take an oath to safeguard the data, there are significant fines for any violation. Government agencies, outside the Census Bureau, only have access to the public, anonymized data.
For second homeowners, respond to the Census for each housing unit. For your primary home, respond with number of people in your household. If you have an additional home, respond for the second home and put 0 persons (or more if there are other residents).
You can track our rates here https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html
The Census Bureau temporarily suspended 2020 Census field data. Steps are already being taken to reactivate field offices in June. Under this plan, the Census Bureau would extend the window for field data collection and self-response to October 31, 2020, which will allow for apportionment counts to be delivered to the President by April 30, 2021, and redistricting data to be delivered to the states no later than July 31, 2021.