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Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a constitutionally mandated count of each person living in the country and the five U.S. territories.

The count is utilized for distributing the number of U.S. Congressional seats by state, drawing of state legislative districts, and for funding federal programs, all of which impact our quality of life. An undercount in Texas could negatively affect where, or whether businesses choose to invest in Texas and impede the economic security of Texas families.

Complete the 2020 Census by September 30

Your answers to the 2020 Census will impact funding decisions for the next 10 years for important local services in our communities, including:

  • Student loans
  • Campus funding
  • Health clinics and social services
  • After-school programs
  • Head-start programs
  • School lunch programs
  • Roads and other public transportation
  • Community centers for seniors


1% under in Texas = $300M loss in federal funds annually


25% of Texans (6M+ people) live in hard-to-count areas


30% of children under 5 (582K children) at risk of not being counted in this census


Three Ways to Respond

You only need one questionnaire per household and it must be done by September 30, 2020.


Submit the Census online for the first time in history.

Take the Census


You will receive a mailed form that you may complete and mail back.

Find out how


Call a Census Bureau enumerator at (844) 330-2020 to respond by phone.

Find out how


Where You Count

International/DACA Students

If you are a college student living away from your parents, you are the one who completes the census for everyone living with you in your off-campus college apartment or house.

If you don't live in a dorm, count yourself at your off-campus address- even if you go to your parent's home for the breaks. This includes international students.

Early College Dual-Credit Student Message

The communities hardest to count are apartment renters, immigrants, children ages 0 to five, and young adults ages 18 to 24. Ensure an accurate count is taken this year and make sure your family is counted in 2020.


Census FAQs

Who is Counted in the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States on April 1 — no matter where they are from, why they are here in the United States, and whether or not they are documented.

This includes temporary workers, international students, and workers on assignment from overseas.

Will my information be kept safe?

Yes. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect the privacy and confidentiality of everyone who responds to the census. These protections ensure the personal information you provide cannot be used against you in any way.

The Census Bureau combines your responses with other responses to produce statistical summaries. It is against the law for the Census Bureau to disclose or publish any identifiable information about an individual or household. The penalty for violating this law is severe: a fine of up to $250,000, imprisonment for up to five years, or both.

By law, your personal information cannot be used against you or against anyone else by any government agency or court — and it can't be accessed by the police department, DHS, ICE, FBI or CIA.

The Census Bureau encrypts all responses submitted online and stored securely.

Will the census form be available in different languages?

Yes. You can respond online in English or in 12 additional languages: Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.

The online questionnaire conforms with the latest web accessibility guidelines. There will also be a video in American Sign Language to guide you through responding online.

It is also available over the phone in those same languages. You can respond by phone in English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.

The paper form can be completed in English or Spanish.

How do I know whether someone works for the U.S. Census Bureau?

All Census Bureau workers carry official government badges. You can also call your local regional office for verification. Find regional offices' phone numbers on our Regional Census Center page.