Census 2020


Quick Facts


We will have a designated, secure laptop for people to use.

We will have librarians available to assist, and help find answers to questions.


  • The census is a constitutionally-required count of every person living in the United States every 10 years. Required by law.

  • April 1, 2020 is Census Day. While you do not need to wait until April 1st to complete your census, you need to answer the questions based on who is residing at your residence on April 1, 2020.

  • On May 13, 2020, non-response follow-up will begin…in the form of reminders and/or visiting in person. To avoid a home visit, it is recommended that you respond by the end of April, 2020.

  • Confidentiality: Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure and protected by federal law. They cannot be seen for 72 years (the 72-Year Rule) “The U.S. government will not release personally identifiable information about an individual to any other individual or agency until 72 years after it was collected for the decennial census.” census.gov

  • People can respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail.

  • The online census will be available in English and 12 non-English languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalong, and Vietnamese.

  • Who to call for assistance? The “Census Questionnaire Assistance” phone line will be available with live customer service representatives supporting 13 languages and TDD from March 9th – July 31st. Toll free number: 844-330-2020 in English. 844-468-2020 in Spanish. 844-417-2020 in Russian. 844-467-2020 for Telephone Display Device (TDD). See attached for other languages/phone numbers.

  • How long will it take to fill out the form? About 10 minutes.

Why is the census so important?

  • It determines representation in Congress and the Electoral College.

  • It is the basis for drawing districts for federal, state, and local offices.

  • It determines the allocation of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding to states and localities.

  • Examples: Medicare, Medicaid, Schools, Head Start, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Programs for the Aging, Student Loans, Pell Grants, SNAP, WIC, Water & Waste Disposal Systems, Highways, Homeland Security, Emergency Response, Firefighting, just to name a few.