Census Day

2020 United States Census
TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020

Looking for something you can do safely during this period of social distancing? Take a few minutes to take the Census.

And make sure you get counted!

April 1 Is Census Day—No Fooling



As of Wednesday, April 1 every household in America should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. April 1 is also the day that counts because when taking the Census you'll be asked where you lived as of April 1, 2020 and how many other people lived in your household.

How To Respond?



You can respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail.

One person should respond for each household. He or she should be at least 15 years old. 

You should be counted where you are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020. If you are responding for your home, count everyone who lives and sleeps there most of the time as of April 1, 2020, including children, foster children, roommates and any family or friends living with you, even temporarily—with one exception. Those living with you temporarily as of Apirl 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic should be counted where they usually live.

Census Field Operations Currently Suspended



The Census Bureau makes every effort to count everyone, even if it requires sending Census takers to knock on people's doors.

Due to the current public health crisis, the Bureau's field operations are being suspended through at least April 15. This measure is being taken to protect the American public, Census Bureau employees and everyone seeking a position as a temporary census taker.





  1. Census Facts vs. Myths

    Does the 2020 Census ask about citizenship status? Are non-citizens counted in the census? 
    Can my answers be shared with law enforcement or used against me? Can I only take the census online?
    » SEPERATE FACTS FROM MYTHS
  1. 'We Need Good Data'

    The data the Census Bureau collects will determine how much Congressional representation each state has and where billions of federal dollars may be allocated. That data is also essential to helping crime analyst determine where criminal activity is concentrated in relationship to population density, income levels, unemployment, mental wellness resources and other demographics.

    And with COMBAT's focus on being data-driven, COMBAT Director has stressed the need for people to take the Census because "we need good data to make good decisions."

    » GOOD DATA NEEDED