The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states,
District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.
How does the Census impact you and your community?
There are many ways the 2020 Census can shape your community. The
results, collected once a decade, help determine how billions of
dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each
year. These dollars can go toward new roads, new schools, and
recovery after a natural disaster, among many other community
The census determines how much representation each state has in
Congress. State and local officials also use census counts to
draw boundaries for congressional, state legislative, and school
Who is required to respond?
Everyone living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five
U.S. territories is required by law to be counted in the 2020
What are some important dates?
March 12-20, 2020 – You will receive an invitation to respond
online to the 2020 Census
March 16-24, 2020 – You will receive a reminder letter to
If you haven’t responded yet:
March 26-April 3, 2020 – You will receive a reminder postcard
April 8-16, 2020 – You will receive a reminder letter and paper
April 20-27, 2020 – You will receive a final reminder postcard
before Census staff follow up in person
California is known as one of the hardest states to count in the
nation, but you can help change that. Getting a complete count
starts with you!
Please visit https://2020census.gov/en.html
for full details on data privacy & security, why your answers
matter, and more details on how the Census data is used.