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Government Information at FAU Libraries: 2020 Census
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.
2020 Census at a Glance
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.
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.
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.
Census Overall Timeline
Households began receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.
March 30 - April 1:
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.
The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress is required by law.
Pledge to Be Counted
My Black Counts
Be represented! Being counted matters.My Black Counts are on a mission to "build Black political power and to ensure our communities have what they need to thrive." Join My Black Counts to ensure your family and loved ones are counted.
Stories for Change is an expanding and downloadable series of video stories, quote graphics, and infographics featuring storytellers and census advocates connecting census participation to a wide spectrum of advocacy, including racial justice, immigration, disability, labor, and faith.
Learn about the new movement lead by the National Urban League, a historic civil rights organization.
Why is Census Data Important?
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.
The QuickFacts data access tool provides users with easy access to the basic population, business, and geography statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with more than 5,000 people. This resource is appropriate for use by students.
With My Congressional District, users can view statistics covering age, employment, education, and much more by congressional district. My Congressional District is powered by the American Community Survey, which provides updated detailed demographic, social, and economic statistics every year for the nation’s communities. Appropriate for use by students.
The American Community Survey data wheel is a cool interactive tool that provides information about your state’s population, such as, median age, foreign-born, below poverty, without health insurance, and more.
It is the new platform to access data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The vision for data.census.gov is to improve the customer experience by making data available from one centralized place so that data users spend less time searching for data content and more time using it.