Key Census Dates 2020

March 12-20

An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census will arrive in the mail to your household. (Some households will also receive paper questionnaires)

March 16-24

You will receive a reminder letter from the U.S. Census Bureau. Or you can write: You will receive a reminder letter.

April 1

National 2020 Census Day

If you have not responded yet:

March 26-April 3

You will receive a reminder postcard

April 8-16

You will receive a reminder letter and paper questionnaire

April 20-27

A final reminder postcard will arrive before the Census Bureau will follow up in person

July 2020

Self-response deadline

December 31

Census Bureau delivers count to President

We All Count. Everyone.

YWCA and the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is extremely important to us at the YWCA. The census is not just a head count, but determines political representation, allocation of more than $675 billion in state and federal funding to communities each year, and so much more. You, your family, and your community deserve representation and resources.

What is the census?

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to determine the number of people living in the United States.

What will the census ask?

The census asks for basic personal information, such as name, relationship to head of household, gender, age, birthday, Hispanic origin and race, and status as a homeowner or renter.

Who gets counted?

Everyone counts. The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place. Every person, including babies and children, residing in the household needs to be included on the form in order to be counted.

How do I fill it out?

In March 2020, most households will receive an invitation from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions to respond. You will have the option to complete the form online, by mail or via phone.

How is census information used?

Census data is used to determine representation in the government, allocate federal funds, create jobs, provide housing, fund K-12 education, prepare for emergencies and build schools, roads, hospitals, libraries, and so much more.

Census and elections

Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.

Census and information safety

Federal law protects your census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. By law your information cannot be shared with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits.

Language assistance

Online form: 12 non-English languages.

Paper form: English and Spanish. Telecommunications help for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Language guides (video and print): 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, Braille and large print.