Census 2020

Everyone Counts

What is the Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories - once, only once, and in the right place. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is conducted every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Why it Matters

Hospitals. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. Each year, the results help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities.

An undercount in Bel Aire means our community could miss out on approximately $54,548.40 in federal funding (over 10 years) for each household that is missed in the 2020 Census. View facts about Bel Aire (based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau).

What to Expect in 2020

By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You’ll then have three options to respond: online, by mail, or by phone. We’ll mark Census Day on April 1, 2020, with events across the country. This is a key date for the 2020 count: When completing the census, you’ll note where you are living on April 1.

Timeline (U.S. Census Bureau)

MARCH 12-20 Invitations mailed
MARCH 16-24 Reminder letters sent
MARCH 26-APRIL 3 Reminder postcards
APRIL 1 Census Day
APRIL 8-16 Hardcopy Census mailed
APRIL 20-27 Final postcards mailed
JULY Non-response follow-ups begin

What about confidentiality?

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal laws. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics-they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to the U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.

How can you verify that someone is a census taker?

If someone visits your home this year to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.

Items that a census taker may carry with them