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What is the 2020 Census?

Update: Starting July 30, census takers will begin interviewing households in areas managed by 35 local area census offices across the U. SThe U.S. Census Bureau is visiting every household that has not already responded to the 2020 Census to ensure a complete and accurate count.

What Households Can Expect:

The Census Bureau will provide face masks to census takers and requires that census takers wear a mask while conducting their work. They will follow CDC and local public health guidelines and social distancing requirements when they visit. Census takers must complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing protocols and other health and safety guidance before beginning their work in neighborhoods. 

The Census Will Never Ask Certain Questions:

During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:

    • Your Social Security number.
    • Money or donations.
    • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers.

Additionally, there is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau comes to your door, contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate. For more information, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.



Everyone counts.

The census counts every person living in the U.S once, only once, and in the right place.


It's mandatory.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.

It's about fair representation.

Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. The first census was in 1790.

It's about $675 billion.

The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data. 

Your privacy is protected.

It's against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, responses can only be used to produce statistics.

2020 will be easier than ever.

This year, you will be able to respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail.


Need help? Once you receive your information in the mail, bring it into your local branch of MRCPL and our staff would be happy to help.


The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting PEOPLE LIKE YOU to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. 

Ready to apply? Take the next step here.

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