The Census has been a cornerstone of our democracy since the first national count in 1790. It is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.

You will have three options for responding to the Census until October 31, 2020:

In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.

2020 Census: What is the Census?