What Is the Census?

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to determine the number of people living in the United States.

What Will the Census Ask?

The Census asks for less personal information than most social media profiles. Items like name, gender, age, birthday, race/ethnicity, relationship to head-of-household, owner or renter and phone number are asked. The Census will not ask about citizenship or immigration status.

Who Gets Counted?

Census forms are filled out by household. Everyone living at the address matters and everyone needs to be counted, including children.

How Do I Fill it Out?

It’s easier than ever for 2020. You can respond online using the unique Census ID that will be mailed to you. If you don’t have internet access, you can respond by phone or mail.

How is Census Information Used?

Being counted helps communities create jobs, provide housing, fund K-12 education, prepare for emergencies and build schools, roads, hospitals and libraries.

Census data determines how many seats your state gets in Congress. Also, state and local officials use census data to draw boundaries for state and local legislative districts and school districts.

Language Assistance:

  • Online form: 12 non-English languages
  • Paper form: English and Spanish
  • Telecommunications help for the deaf
  • Language guides (video and print): 59 non-English languages, also American Sign Language, Braille and large print

Census 2020 Schedule:

  • March 2020 – Census invitations mailed to households
  • October 31, 2020 - Self Response Deadline
  • April 3, 2021 – Census Bureau delivers count to President
  • July 2021 – States receive official count

Census Takers: Census takers are hired by the Census Bureau to knock on doors and collect responses to the census for households that have not yet responded.  In person visits will happen between August-October.  If you responded to the census already, a census taker will not come to your home.  For more information about census takers, including how to identify them, click here.


For more information about the Census in Michigan visit: https://mivoicecounts.org/