You can still complete the census today! April 1 is a reference date, not a deadline to respond. When you respond online, by phone, or by mail, count everyone living in your home as of April 1.
Once every decade, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population to count everyone in the United States and record basic information about them. Our nation's founders believed this data was so important that they mandated the decennial census in the Constitution.
The census is much more than just a headcount. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses, how federal funding is distributed, and how congressional seats are apportioned. It also helps us see how our communities have changed over time. That's why an accurate count is so important.
Source: 2020 Census
In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but people can still respond by phone or mail if they prefer. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, by phone, or by in-person interviews.
For more detailed instructions on how to respond online, please visit Respond Online to the 2020 Census. For more detailed instructions on how to respond in other ways (mail, phone, interview), please visit Other Ways to Respond to the 2020 Census.
If you still got more questions?
Visit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for survey participants. The page outlines and answers frequently asked questions regarding Census Bureau surveys including what respondents can expect, how to verify or complete a survey, and protections for participant information.
|Households began receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.|
|The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homeless over three days, including people in shelters.|
|Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census. Census Day is observed nationwide.|
|Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus and others who live among large groups of people.|
|May - July:||Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.|
|December:||The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress is required by law.|
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Each year, Census data informs federal funding for more than 100 programs, including school lunches, highway construction, and education. Below are some popular Data Access Tools that students and researchers can use for gathering customized data on various different topics.