The 2020 Census is vital to our city's representation, funding and success. The census counts every person living in the U.S. once every 10 years. The results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities is also based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. Completing the census is a way to make a difference in your community; participate in your democracy; say, "I count"; and help shape the future.
How the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond
Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail or by phone.
- Secure internet - New and quick; respond online
It's safe, secure and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected. It's economical both for you and for the taxpayers. It's greener, saving trees, and it's user-friendly, offering you help screens and the ability to review your answers.
- Respond by phone
2020 Census numerators are ready to take your information question-by-question from the convenience of your phone from any location.
- Respond by mail
Wait until you receive your paper form through the mail or at your residence. It can be filled out at home and dropped into your mailbox or mailed at the post office.
- In-person interview
2020 Census numerators will visit the residences of those who choose not to self-respond.
The 2020 Census and confidentiality
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics; they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to the U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.
View a sample survey here.
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