Every 10 years, the U.S. government counts everyone, regardless of age or citizenship status. This year, the Census is available online, by phone, or by mail.
The 2020 Census deadline has been extended to October 31, 2020. Under the adjusted 2020 Census operational plan, in-community activities will resume after June 1, 2020, as Area Census Offices begin returning to full staff capacity. This change would push delivery of the final counts from December 2020 to April 2021. We encourage people to monitor the US Census COVID-19 Updates website for the latest information.
In planning for the 2020 Census, US Mail delivery to all areas of the country was analyzed. This information categorized about 5% of households as “Update Leave,” which means these households were set to receive hand-delivered Census questionnaires. The majority of housing units in these areas did not have mail physically delivered to the individual housing unit. This designation can include rural areas with centralized mail delivery, some Native American Reservations, and even apply to some urban locations using centralized mailboxes. To see how your area was categorized, visit the 2020 Census Type of Enumeration Viewer. Due to COVID-19, Update Leave operations were suspended just as they began, so most of these households have not yet received any census information. This is now scheduled to resume on June 13. But even if you didn’t receive a mailing or a hand-delivered questionnaire, anyone can respond at any time online at my2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020.
Even if you haven’t received a Census 2020 mailing or you lost your code, you can respond at my2020census.gov or 844-330-2020. Remember – the Census is SAFE, EASY and IMPORTANT.
It’s EASY: Fill out a Census form online, by phone (844-330-2020), or by mail — and your community wins!
It’s About Your MONEY: North Carolina receives about $23.8 billion a year in federal funding from Census data for vital things like education, health care, and transportation. The number of people counted in your community decides how much government money comes back to where you live.
It’s About Your POWER: The number of people counted in your community affects how voting districts are drawn, who you get to vote for, and how many people represent you. More people counted means more political power at all levels.
It’s About Your FUTURE: Gov’t and business leaders use the Census to make plans for your community – inc. whether you’ll get new grocery stores, hospitals, schools, and more.
Call our hotline — 507-COUNTED (507-268-6833) — to learn more.
“ ...an accurate count of the U.S. population forms the basis for many important but often overlooked political, economic, and social decisions that are made that end up affecting our daily lives.” –C.N. Le, Professor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Answer simple questions about yourself and everyone living with you as of April 1, 2020:
If more people live in your home, you’ll keep going, printing the name of “Person 2” and so on; also answer “Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else?;” and “How is this person related to Person 1?” Don’t worry — your privacy is protected.
Census responses are confidential.
Citizenship status is not asked, and no court, welfare or immigration agency – not even ICE – can see how you answered. Census workers face jail time for revealing anything on your form.