Understanding the U.S. Census
The next census is coming in April 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.
You may 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.
Ways To Respond
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
In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. Please watch this video guide to completing the 2020 Census Online.
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.
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.
Timeline & Important Dates
- March 12 - 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
- March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
- 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.