2020 Census Timeline

Census FAQs

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. more



The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. more

There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census:

  • Online
  • By phone
  • By mail¬† more


The 2020 Census is easy. You will answer a simple questionnaire about yourself and everyone who is living with you on April 1, 2020. more

Everyone living in the 50 states, 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) is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census. more

If someone visits your home to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo. more

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. more


The library stands ready to help you with:


  • A dedicated Census kiosk, in addition to our public computers, which also may be used to take the Census.
  • Free WiFi
  • Finding answers to any Census questions you may have
  • A sample paper survey that you can look at ahead of time

Please note that we can give you technical help and general guidance as you do the online Census but we cannot complete it, or the paper survey, for you.

US Census Bureau Website