2020 census

about the Census

The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories. Each home received an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire. It takes just a few minutes and can be completed online, over the phone or by mail. The questionnaire is available in 13 different languages online. 

You should count everyone living in your home as of April 1, 2020. This includes young children and newborns. About 1 million babies and young children, were missed in the 2010 Census. That’s the largest undercount of any age group. The 2020 Census helps determine which areas qualify for the critical resources for the next 10 years. If children are missed, communities could receive less funding for schools, parks, SNAP/WIC, hospitals, transportation, and other important programs. The census can affect different aspects of your community, from seats in Congress to school lunch.

Your response matters. 

Guide to Complete the Census


Houston, TX, USA

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