The Census count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency and is conducted every 10 years.
The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short 10 question questionnaire—online, by phone or by mail.
Why is the Census Important?
The census count provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers and many others use to provide daily services, products and support for you and our community.
Every year more than $675 billion dollars of federal funding are allocated to local and state hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and other resources based on this census data.
In addition to local and state funding support, the results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, which are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
- March 12-20 – 95% of households will receive an invitation by mail to take the Census online—some will receive paper questionnaires.
- March 16-24 – A reminder letter to complete the census will be sent by mail
- For those that haven’t responded by March 24:
- March 26-April 3 – another reminder postcard is sent by mail
- April 8-16 – a reminder letter and paper questionnaire are sent by mail
- April 20-27 – a final reminder postcard is sent by mail before there is in-person follow-up
How Do I Respond?
You can respond to the Census online, by phone, or on paper – however you choose to respond it’s safe, confidential and protected by law. The Census Bureau has a robust cyber security program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
The Census has been translated into many different languages. The online version, in addition to English has 12 other languages provided. If you take the Census by phone, there are 59 other languages provided.
The Census bureau is also launching a video in American Sign Language and will offer braille and large print guides for those that need them.
It’s important to note that The Census Bureau will never ask for your immigration status, Social Security number, bank or credit card account numbers, money, for donations, or anything on behalf of a political party.
Help your neighbors and your community by ensuring they participate in the Census and know how to fill it out!
The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring for the 2020 Census. All 2020 Census jobs are temporary—and the largest number of positions available are for census takers which pays about $21-$23 an hour in King County. If you’re interested in a job, please visit 2020census.gov/jobs to apply.
Lastly—participate! Make sure you are counted, and your family members are accounted for.
For More Information
Learn more about the Census and how it works at census2020.gov