Every ten years, the Constitution mandates the count of every person living in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five US territories.

The Census determines how many people are residing in the United States, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, citizenship or immigration status and provides critical data used to base funding allocations for schools, hospitals, fire departments, and other infrastructure. Congressional and state legislative districts will be drawn based on the Census results, as well as the number of seats designated to represent each state in the US House of Representatives. Read more about why it matters.

Census Day is observed nationwide on April 1, 2020.

Deadline Extended

The Census Bureau recommends people respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail to avoid the need for in-person counting. The Census Bureau has extended self-response until August 14, 2020.

College Students and Campus Closing

College students who typically live on campus will be counted on campus regardless of campus closings. College students who typically live off campus will be counted where you would live regardless of campus closings.

Visit the 2020 Census website for information on operational adjustments due to COVID-19.