Understanding the U.S. Census
The next census is coming in 2020. Counting an increasingly diverse and growing population is a massive undertaking. It requires years of planning and the support of thousands of people.
Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. The Census Bureau depends on cross-sector collaborations with organizations and individuals to get people to participate.
The 2020 Census is important for you and your community, and you can help.
Learn more about the 2020 Census.
Starting in 2019, you may begin to notice census takers in your neighborhood. This is a normal part of the 2020 Census preparation and data collection process. Census field representatives will also continue to collect information for the American Community Survey (ACS) and other ongoing surveys.
How the Census Benefits our Community
Federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race, and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. People in your community use census data in all kinds of ways, such as these:
- 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.
The Census Has Gone Digital
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
- By phone
- By mail
The 2020 Census marks the first time you'll have the option to respond online. You can even respond by using your mobile device.
Being able to respond online will make the 2020 Census easy for most people. If you don’t have access to the internet at home, there are computers at the Wellington library that can be used to fill out the 2020 Census online.
If you cannot fill out a form either online or on paper, please call (800) 354-7271. A census taker will fill out your form over the phone. Remember, for every person the census does not count in Wellington, you could be losing out on thousands of dollars of services. Click here for more information on responding to the 2020 Census.
Timeline & Important Dates
- January – March 2019: The U.S. Census Bureau opens 39 area census offices. These offices open early to support Address Canvassing.
- June – September 2019: The Census Bureau opens the remaining 209 area census offices. The offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.
- August 2019: The Census Bureau conducts in-field address canvassing. Census takers visit areas that have added or lost housing in recent years to ensure that the Census Bureau's address list is up to date.
- January 2020: Advertising begins.
- April 1, 2020: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Residents will have three options for responding: online, by mail, or by phone.
- April 2020: Census takers begin following up with households around selected colleges and universities. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews.
- May 2020: The Census Bureau begins following up with households that have not responded.
- December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the president.
For more information about the Census, please visit the United States Census 2020 website.