The 2020 Census is coming. Get the information you need so you’re prepared to be counted!
Why the Census is Important?
Representation: The decennial count of all U.S. residents is required by the U.S. Constitution to determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College (known as reapportionment). This data is also the basis for drawing districts for federal, state, and local offices (known as redistricting).
Funding: The Census is key to the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding to states and localities.
Information: Data resulting from the Census is widely used by researchers, governments, businesses, and other organizations.
- What is the 2020 Census?
- Important Dates
- How to Respond
- Questions Asked
- Why It Matters
- Avoiding Frauds and Scams
Contacting the U.S. Census Bureau
For general questions:
Call 301-763-INFO (4636) or 800-923-8282.
For information on services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing:
Call the TTY number at 800-877-8339 to reach the Federal Relay Service.
This page will be updated as more information on the 2020 Census becomes available. It will also include information about how the library can help you respond to the Census.
Getting kids counted!
In the 2010 Census, nearly 1 million children (4.6% of children under the age of 5) were not counted, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.