The census is an important count of every person living in the 50 states, D.C, and five U.S. territories. It happens every 10 years, and helps to paint a picture of our nation and determines how government resources are allocated, and congressional districts are drawn. The questions on the census are simple, and your answers will help impact how more than $675 billion in federal funding will be spent.

Check out this quick video from The Census Bureau about what to expect when you receive the invitation to participate:

If you are the head of household and completing the 2020 census, it's important that you count every person in your home on April 1. This includes roommates, children of all ages, people visiting, or those who have moved recently. 

For more information on how different populations are counted, check out the Census website.

Once you receive an invitation in mid-March to participate in the census, you will have three options for completing:

  • Online

  • By phone

  • By mail

Your personal information on the census is confidential, and federal law protects your responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics and legally cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Watch this video to see how these statistics will impact educators and students across the country: