In 2020, the United States Census will be conducted primarily online for the first time. The results will allocate billions of dollars in federal funding to local communities over the next decade, including more than $1 billion to libraries. Census data also determine representation in Congress and state and local governments, and are widely used by researchers, businesses, and other organizations. In 2020, for the first time, you will be able to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail.
The 2020 Census is a massive undertaking. It requires counting a diverse and growing population in the United States and the five U.S. territories.
To do this, the U.S. Census Bureau must:
- Make an accurate list of every residence in the U.S. and five U.S. territories—including houses, apartments, dormitories, military barracks, and more.
- Get a member of every residence to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail in March and April of 2020.
- Follow up with homes that have not responded.
The time is now. Help shape your future, and your community's future, by responding to the 2020 Census.
Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12–20. These official Census Bureau mailings will include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the Census online. You do not need to wait for your paper questionnaire to respond to the Census. Please complete your census form online, by phone, or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives.
For the first time, you can choose to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. Find out more about each of these methods below:
Please note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting, as you don't have the ability to save your progress. See the questions the census asks here.
- Protect the health and safety of Census employees and the American public.
- Implement guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.
- Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.
Find more info on the COVID-19 response here.