Census 2020

Census Day is April 1, 2020

By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. When the Census arrives, you can reply online, by phone or by mail. Your answers will be based on where you live as of April 1, 2020.

What to keep in mind:

When filling out the census for your household, you should count everyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time as of April 1, 2020.

This includes all children who live in your home, such as foster children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and the children of friends (even if they are living with you temporarily). This will NOT effect any benefits you receive. Government agencies cannot access your information for 75 years.

Why does the Census matter?

Purpose of the Census
The information gathered from the Census is used to get a broader sense about the population in general. It asks about basic population demographics such as: age, sex, marital status, household composition, family characteristics, and household size.

What is the information used for?

  • To calculate the number of seats that each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Helps to determine which communities will receive federal funding each year, and how much money is allocated to said community
  • Local government officials use it for:
    • Section 8 Housing
    • SNAP Food Benefits (Food Stamps)
    • Universal Pre-K
    • Schools and hospitals
    • Infrastructure improvements, like new roadways
  • Businesses use it to help decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and create jobs


For more information visit the 2020 Census Website here or call 301-763-INFO (4636) or 1-800-923-8282.