What is the Census?

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, our nation gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives (a process called apportionment) and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

Why does it matter? Census data affects your community! 

  • Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
  • The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
  • It’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

Who should fill it out?

Every adult, child, and baby living in the United States, regardless of immigration status or age.

When does it happen?

Census notices will be mailed in mid-March 2020, and you can respond online as soon as you get your Census notice. 1 form per household.

Where do I fill it out?

  • At home.
  • At The Unity Council’s Question & Assistance Center.
  • At the Library.
  • Many other locations!