The census is a count of every person living in the United States that happens every 10 years. This massive undertaking is mandated in our Constitution, which the U.S. Census Bureau has done since 1790. It’s the largest peacetime mobilization effort in the United States!
Your response to the census matters to our community! Data from the census impacts:
- Fair Representation: Results are used to reapportion the House of Representatives and Electoral College, determining how many seats each state gets. Data is also used to redraw political boundaries as communities grow and change.
- Federal Funding to States and Localities: The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states and communities is based on census data. This money supports our schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
- Research and Development: Organizations use census data to perform market research, predict population growth and trends, and to plan infrastructure.
- Your Future: From genealogy to business investments, your participation in the census ultimately impacts future generations.
Completing the census is mandatory for everyone, so be sure you count in 2020!
March 12 - mid-August
In mid-March, all households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. After you receive this information, you can respond online, by mail or by phone.
It's no joke! Take part in your civic duty and celebrate the census on this national day of recognition.
Census Bureau Outreach
Mid-August - September 30
The Census Bureau visits households who have not filled in the census and will conduct in-person interviews.
Your responses are safe and will never be shared with other government agencies or law enforcement. It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household, and your responses cannot be used against you.
Key Role for Libraries and JCPL
The Census Bureau is looking to local governments and organizations, such as public libraries, to support community outreach efforts. As trusted institutions within the community, libraries can play a critical role in helping count everyone once, and only once, in the right place during the 2020 Census. To support local efforts, JCPL is partnering with other county agencies to be an informed resource for the Jeffco community.