The 2020 census is coming. Make sure you're counted!
What is the census?
The census is the official count of all people living in the U.S., regardless of age, income, immigration status, etc. It's been done once every 10 years since 1790.
What does the census ask?
The census asks for information you probably know offhand, like name, sex, age, birthday and race/ethnicity. You can preview the questions you'll be asked on your 2020 Census form online.
The 2020 census WILL NOT include a question about citizenship.
How do you participate in the census?
Starting in mid-March, everyone can complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. The census has fewer than 10 questions and takes only about 10 minutes to complete.
Does the census benefit me?
YES! When you participate in the count, you help YOUR community get federal funds for schools, healthcare, roads and other vital services.
Is the census form secure?
YES! The law prevents the Census Bureau from sharing your information. Your answers cannot be shared with law enforcement or used to impact your eligibility for government benefits. Your answers are used only to create statistics about our country.
JANUARY - SEPTEMBER 2019The U.S. Census Bureau opens 248 area census offices across the country. These offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.he U.S. Census Bureau opens 248 area census offices across the country. These offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.
AUGUST 2019Census takers begin visiting areas that have experienced a lot of change and growth to ensure that the Census Bureau's address list is up to date. This is called address canvassing, and it helps to ensure that everyone receives an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.
APRIL 1, 2020Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
APRIL 2020Census takers begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
MAY 2020The Census Bureau begins visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to make sure everyone is counted. NOVEMBER 2020 The Census Bureau completes processing of census data.
DECEMBER 2020The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law. MARCH 31, 2021 By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.
Heart of West Michigan United Way is managing the Census Hub for Kent County. Census Hubs are part of the Michigan Nonprofits Count Campaign, a collaborative, coordinated, statewide effort to encourage participation in the 2020 Census in communities that are at significant risk of being undercounted.
Click here to visit the Census Hub page.
Census Privacy & Safety
Información en Español
El Censo 2020 no incluirá una pregunta sobre ciudadanía.