2020 Census

April 1, 2020, is National Census Day! Learn more in English and Spanish.

What is the Census?

The decennial census (census) is a complete count of everyone residing in the United States. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens. It is mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years.

The next census will take place April 1, 2020. The goal of Census 2020 is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.

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Why is the Census important?

The data collected from each census are used in many ways. Some examples include:

  • Transportation planning
  • Anticipating needs for hospitals, nursing homes, and health services
  • Attracting and expanding businesses for economic development
  • Drawing school boundaries
  • Establishing fair market rents
  • Emergency response
  • To determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • To inform legislative redistricting at the federal, state, and local levels
  • To distribute federal fund allocations to states, counties, and local communities
  • To provide statistics in support of grant applications
  • To assist communities, such as those in Prince George’s County, in planning for the future

Learn more about why every Marylander counts here. Click here to learn more about why the 2020 Census is also important for businesses.

How does the Census affect me?

The Census affects you, your family, and your entire community. The data helps decision makers understand how your community is changing so they can plan for future needs.

Each state receives federal funds for community investment. If you live, work, or spend time in Prince George’s County, you benefit from those investments.

When investments are made in factories, homes, business offices, stores, or neighborhood revitalization projects, the community benefits from not just the project, but also job creation and the flow of money into the local economy.

The community benefits from building and maintaining schools, hospitals, transportation infrastructure, public safety, and emergency preparedness initiatives.

How do I respond to the 2020 Census?

In March 2020, most households will receive an initial invitation to respond to Census 2020 in the mail. The invitation will come from the U.S. Census Bureau and will ask for information on everyone living in your household, including all family members and non-family members. Depending on your preference, you will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.

The 2020 Census is accessible to everyone! Learn more here!

Any information you share with the Census Bureau is strictly confidential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share individual responses with anyone, including any court of law, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, state of federal welfare departments, or governments and programs. The Census Bureau only uses individual responses to produce summary statistics, which further protects individuals from being identified.

Click here to learn about Census safety and security.

Why is Prince George’s County collaborating with the U.S. Census Bureau?

Success of the census depends on community involvement at every level. Prince George’s County is collaborating with the U.S. Census Bureau to help increase participation in the 2020 Census and to eliminate under-counting among historically under-counted segments of the population, such as those with young children.

Counting Young Children

Children under the age of 5 are the most under-counted age group. It is important to count every child in Prince George’s County to ensure we can plan for future needs including hospitals, schools, public safety and more.

Census Resources:

What you need to know about the 2020 Census

2020 Census Support Languages

Prince George’s County Census FAQ

2020 Census Informational Sample Questionnaire

Visit the Prince George’s Census website to stay up-to-date with 2020 Census information.

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