On April 1, 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau will be counting all residents living in the United States. In Pennsylvania, we’re committed to working together to make sure all our neighbors are included in the census.
You can find more information regarding the 2020 U.S. Census in PA, including downloadable materials at the Pennsylvania Census Website. More information can also be found at the U.S. Census Bureau's Website and the website dedicated to the 2020 US Census.
WHAT IS THE CENSUS? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
The U.S. Constitution requires a count every 10 years of every person living in the United States. Census results determine how the federal government allocates more than $800 billion each year for services that communities rely on, like Head Start, food assistance, and the Library Services and Technology Act. Census data also determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College, as well as in state and local governments. Historically, certain groups of people have been disproportionately undercounted in the census, including young children, people of color and indigenous people, and people experiencing homelessness. If the census misses people, undercounted communities won’t get fair funding for critical programs, and officials won’t have the reliable information they need to make decisions.
HOW WILL THE 2020 CENSUS WORK?
Beginning on March 12, 2020, the Census Bureau will mail every household in the United States an invitation to respond to the census, including a new option to respond online. In areas without reliable mail delivery or traditional mailing addresses, Census Bureau staff will visit households in person instead. The Census Bureau will use other methods to count people in group living situations, such as college dorms and military bases, and people experiencing homelessness. April 1 is known as “Census Day,” although households can respond before or after that date. Households will receive several mailings from the Census Bureau in March and April 2020. Beginning in May 2020, Census Bureau staff will visit households that have not yet responded to collect their responses in person.