2020 Census

What Is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

Why is the 2020 Census Important?
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.

How does this impact you?

Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.

Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.

Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.

Additional Information

Complete Count Committees

The Complete Count Committees (CCC) program is key to creating awareness in communities all across the country.

  • CCCs utilize local knowledge, influence, and resources to educate communities and promote the census through locally based, targeted outreach efforts.
  • CCCs provide a vehicle for coordinating and nurturing cooperative efforts between tribal, state, and local governments; communities; and the Census Bureau.
  • CCCs help the Census Bureau get a complete count in 2020 through partnerships with local governments and community organizations.



Below are direct links to resource pages from census partner organizations:

Broad Coalitions

Census and Cities

State Resources

Local Stakeholders


People Experiencing Homelessness

African American Community

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Community (AAPI)

Latino Community

LGBTQ+ Community

Middle Eastern and North African Descent (MENA)

Native Americans / American Indians


2020 Census Timeline


  • Tribal leader, governor, or highest elected local official or community leader determines Complete Count Committees (CCCs) structure.
  • CCCs receive 2020 Census training.


  • Continue establishing CCCs.
  • Open Area Census Offices.
  • CCCs develop strategy and work plan.


  • CCCs begin community organization mobilization.
  • 2020 Census advertising campaign begins in early 2020.
  • CCCs support the 2020 Census.
  • CCCs encourage self-response.

April 1, 2020 – Census Day

  • CCCs urge households who do not respond to cooperate with census takers.

Student Resources

Spread the Word

Empowering County Leaders

Use these social media cards on your channels to help spread awareness about the upcoming census and why it is so important!
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #2020Census when posting!

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