It is Too Important Not to be Counted

 Why It Matters

Hospitals. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. Each year, the results help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities. It's also mandated by the Constitution: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You'll then have three options to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. We'll mark Census Day on April 1, 2020, with events across the country. This is a key date for the 2020 count: When completing the census, you'll note where you are living on April 1.

Overall Timeline 

Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here's a look at some of the key dates along the way:

  • January – March 2019: The U.S. Census Bureau opens 39 area census offices. These offices open early to support Address Canvassing.
  • June – September 2019: The Census Bureau opens the remaining 209 area census offices. The offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.
  • August 2019: The Census Bureau conducts in-field address canvassing. Census takers visit areas that have added or lost housing in recent years to ensure that the Census Bureau's address list is up to date.
  • January 2020: The Census Bureau begins counting the population in remote Alaska.
  • April 1, 2020: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You'll then have three options for responding: online, by mail, or by phone.
  • April 2020: Census takers begin following up with households around selected colleges and universities. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews.
  • May 2020: The Census Bureau begins following up with households that have not responded.
  • December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the presiden

                 The 2020 Census is important! 
 Please be counted.     Your future depends upon it!
The 2020 Census is important! Please be counted. Your future depends upon it!

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Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, your information must be kept confidential, and your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. Anyone who violates this law faces severe penalties.

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2020 Census Statistics Gathering in School Program in Gear

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Release Number CB19-CN.15

Oct. 28, 2019

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program and Shelby County schools in Tennessee held a nationwide kickoff today highlighting new 2020 Census classroom activities for students to learn about the importance of having everyone in their families counted in the census next March.


The 2020 Census materials are designed to be easily used in any classroom and are not tied to specific subject areas. The materials include activities that students can do at home to spread the word about the importance of completing the 2020 Census and counting everyone in the household, especially young children. An accurate count of all children is critical for educators and their students because 2020 Census responses drive decisions about the distribution of federal funds for programs and services such as special education, teacher training, technology, school lunch assistance, Head Start and after-school programs.


“The census only comes around once a decade,” Dillingham said. “A kindergartener counted in the 2020 Census this spring will be in high school when the next census comes around in 2030; that’s 10 years of school supplies, teachers, school lunches, and school resources that are dependent on ensuring every child is counted.”

For more information on the SIS program and the new 2020 Census materials, please visit Statistics in Schools.


2020 Census Nationwide Recruitment Campaign Gets Underway

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Census Bureau Officials Detail Effort to Hire 500,000 Temporary Workers Across the Country

The U.S. Census Bureau launched a national recruitment effort today to hire approximately 500,000 temporary workers to help conduct the 2020 Census. Nearly 4,000 local recruiting events are scheduled to take place this week in communities across the nation.

“We need people to apply now so they can be considered for part-time census taker positions next spring,” said Timothy Olson, Census Bureau associate director for Field Operations. “Recent high school graduates, veterans, retirees, military spouses, seasonal workers and applicants who are bilingual are highly encouraged to apply. It’s important we hire people in every community in order to have a complete and accurate census.”

During a news conference at its National Processing Center Paper Data Capture Center – West in Phoenix, the Census Bureau provided an update on the status of 2020 Census operations and job opportunities available in Arizona and across the country. Census Bureau officials were joined by national and regional partners, including AARP, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Arizona’s Complete Count Committee and Arizona’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of America is proud to be a national partner of the 2020 Census. As a trusted voice in communities around the country, Boys & Girls Clubs can help reach hard-to-count communities, ensuring an accurate census and snapshot of our population.” said Julie Teer, chief development and public affairs officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Following the news conference, partner organizations and members of the media received a tour of the processing center. During the tour, Census Bureau officials explained how census forms are processed and demonstrated the technologies that are making the 2020 Census more accurate and efficient.

“Arizona has seen major growth over the last 10 years and we’re on track for more,” said Debbie Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Office of Tourism and chair of Arizona’s Complete Count Committee. “We’re proud to collaborate with our federal and local partners for a complete count in the 2020 Census to ensure that we preserve the outstanding quality of life in our state through equitable distribution of funds and services for Arizonans.”

Census takers will be hired to work in their communities and go door to door to collect responses from those who do not respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail. In certain remote areas like northern Maine and Alaska, census takers are the only way people can respond to the 2020 Census.

These positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training and weekly paychecks.

Pay rates vary depending on where the job is located, from $13.50 to $30.00 per hour. To determine the estimated pay rate in an individual area, visit <https://2020census.gov/en/jobs/pay-andlocations.html>.

The selection process for census taker positions begins in January 2020, with paid training occurring in March and April. Actual enumeration of non-responding households throughout the nation begins in May through early July. Check out the 2020 Census website for listings of available census taker and other jobs. 


“AARP knows that historically 50% of census takers are over the age of 50 and many are retirees,” said Dana Marie Kennedy, state director, AARP Arizona. “These folks tend to be reliable, dependable and they know their communities best. They bring with them years of experience and get the job done.”

The 2020 Census officially starts counting people in January 2020 in remote Toksook Bay, Alaska. Most households in the nation will receive invitations in the mail to respond (online, by phone or by mail) in March 2020. The Census Bureau will begin advertising nationwide in January 2020 to increase awareness about the importance and benefits of participating in the 2020 Census.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years. Census data are used to determine congressional representation in the states and how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed to states and local communities every year for critical public services and infrastructure, including health clinics, schools, roads and emergency services.

For more information on the 2020 Census, visit 2020census.gov.


Officials Tout Partnerships in Census Efforts

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Shannon Halikias, library director for the Sugar Grove Public Library District and a faculty member at Joliet Junior College, believes there is a valid “fear factor” as she works at getting people to understand the importance of completing the 2020 U.S. Census. 

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Institutions such as libraries also are working to remove barriers by providing public access to terminals where the Census can be completed.


Currently, Census field staff is in the process working to update addresses to ensure accurate information is available.


Canvassing will begin in early March of 2020. More information is at 2020census.gov.

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