Help make your generation count. An accurate count gives voice on issues important to you.

What Is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The Constitution mandates a census every 10 years.

Why does the census matter to me?

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

What does the census ask and not ask?

It asks about the number of people living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020, and related questions. It will not ask your citizenship, social security number, or credit card or bank account numbers.

Everyone’s participation in the census leads to:

  • Fair government representation
  • More jobs
  • Funding for education

The U.S. census is a count of everyone where they live and sleep most of the time. College students are counted where they live and sleep on April 1, 2020.

Is my data secure?

Yes, your data is protected by law and cannot be shared with anyone, including other government agencies.

How can I be counted?

Sometime after April 1, 2020, each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire - online, by phone, or by mail. Those who do not respond will receive follow up communications, including door-to-door outreach by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

What is the local government's role?

Local Departments of Planning and Zoning are responsible for raising awareness about the census and why it matters – especially among hard-to-count populations, which are the ones most in need of federal funding.

Harford County has assembled a Complete Count Committee made up of community members and local agencies, including public schools, libraries, Office on Aging, Community Services, Chamber of Commerce, Social Services, Health Department, municipalities and faith-based leaders. Members are helping to spread the word in hard-to-count communities.


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