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The Census is the mandatory counting of people and gathering of information that is to take place every ten years as mandated under Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. This count helps determine things such as how many seats in Congress each state receives and how billions of dollars in federal funding gets appropriated. Click here to see 50 other ways this data collected is used.
While the Census does not have a definitive start date, every home will have received an invitation to participate in the Census via the mail by April 1, 2020, which is National U.S. Census Day. For a complete timeline, click here.
For the first time ever, households will be able to respond to the Census in three different ways: online, by phone or by mail.
In the 2010 Census, it was estimated that up to 5% of children under the age of five were not counted. That equates to roughly 1 million young children. For more information on why children were missed and what you can do to help make sure they are counted, click here.
If you are interested in becoming a Census Taker, apply online by going to 2020census.gov/jobs. For more information or to get help applying, you can call 1-855-JOB-2020.
To learn more, check out Census 101 and How the Census Invites Everyone.