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Census 2020: About Census 2020

Guide to accompany the exhibit held February-April 2020 in Hamilton Library about the 2020 Census.

What is the Census 2020?

The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.

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The 2020 Census will influence 

  • Funding such as grants, education, grant, and health care service
  • Congressional representation
  • Resources like Libraries, Hospitals, Schools, Housing, Public transportation, roads, and highways. 


If your community isn't fully counted in the 2020 Census you could miss out for the next 10 years. This is the time to get involved.


Who is to be counted


The 2020 Census will count everyone living in the United States and five U.S. territories.


  • Count any children who are living with you (even newborn babies!)

  • Military personnel who are temporarily deployed overseas should be counted at their usual home address in the United States.

  • College students who live away from home should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are at home on April 1, 2020.

  • If you are in college, housing like dorms, residence halls, etc.), the Census Bureau will identify a group quarters administrator at your location to ensure that you are counted.

  • Foreign students living and attending college in the United States should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time.

  • Citizens of foreign countries who are living in the United States, including members of the diplomatic community, should be counted at the U.S. residence where they live and sleep most of the time.

Ways to Respond

  • Online
  • By phone
  • By mail

In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. If you respond to the census in March or April, then a census taker will not come to your home. Starting in mid-May, census takers will visit households that have not yet responded to the census.




The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous. The security of Census Bureau systems is a top priority, and our IT infrastructure is designed to defend against and contains cyber threats.




Avoid Scams



Census Bureau will NOT send unsolicited emails to request your participation in 2020. 

Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers.
  • Money or donations.

If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:

  • First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date.
  • Census takers conduct their work between the hours of 9 AM and 9 PM local time.
  • If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.