Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a population count of everyone living in the United States. Responses to the census determine how billions of dollars of federal funds are allocated to states and local communities for essential services such as hospitals, emergency and disaster response, and schools and education programs.
By now, most households across the nation should have received at least one invitation to respond to the 2020 Census. It is important to respond to the 2020 Census and it is easy to do so.
Considering the COVID-19 situation, people are encouraged to respond as soon as possible online at 2020census.gov. They can also respond by phone or by mail; paper questionnaires were sent to homes that have not yet responded. A sample questionnaire can be found at www.2020census.gov.
When responding to the census, people should include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in their home as of April 1, 2020. This includes relatives, friends, roommates, children, babies born on or before April 1, and any others. If college students have moved home due to campus closures, they should be counted where they usually live during the school year.
All responses to the census are kept confidential and are used only to produce statistics. By law, responses cannot be shared with law enforcement or immigration agencies.