2020 marks the beginning of the decennial census nationwide. The Census determines federal representation, forms the basis for state level redistricting and also plays a determining role in allotting many types of funding including education, health and human services and state level grants; making an accurate count very important.

Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here’s a look at some of the key upcoming dates:

  • March 12 – 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

Check out the US Census Bureau’s website here for more information on partnership, as well as resources your business can use for outreach.

Learn more at 2020census.gov.