You Count - 2020 Census

Text PLEDGE to 211-211 to receive information about the 2020 Census

“If your community isn’t fully counted in the 2020 Census, you will miss out on political representation, on money for your children’s classrooms, on jobs and health care centers for the next 10 years (Census Counts).” 

Important Dates

  • March 12-20, 2020:  An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census will be sent via mail. (Some households will also receive paper questionnaires.) 
  • March 16-24, 2020: A reminder letter will be sent if you haven’t responded yet 
  • March 26 – April 3, 2020:  A reminder postcard will be sent
  • April 8 – 16. 2020: A reminder letter and paper questionnaire will be sent
  • April 16 – June 19, 2020: Census takers will work with administrators at college, senior centers, prisons and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted
  • May 27 – August 14, 2020: Census takers will interview homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
  • October 31, 2020: Deadline to fill out the Census has been moved to the end of October due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • December, 2020: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

What you will receive in the mail

Ahead of the 2020 Census, deceptive mailers have been sent to voters appearing to be the official 2020 Census. Check your mail against these official Census mailings to check the authenticity. Remember, the Census will not ask your for your citizenship status, social security number, or bank details.

Learn what's new about the high-tech 2020 Census 

The 2020 Census, conducted by the US Census Bureau, will ask people to fill out the information either on a form they receive in the mail or via an online, internet form. 

About 80% of households will receive a notification to take the Census online. Learn more about how this Census will be conducted here.

If you do not have internet at home, you may take the census by phone or mail. You can also dial 211 to be connected to resources in your community.

Scams, myths, and misinformation 

Census Scam Warning Signs: 

  • You get an email claiming to be from the Census Bureau. The agency will almost always contact by mail. 
  • A supposed census agent asks you for money or financial data. The Census Bureau will never ask for this information. 
  • A supposed census agent threatens you with arrest. Taking part in the census is required by law, but you can't be imprisoned.  
  • Read more tips on how to spot census scams here.
  • Hearing something that doesn't seem right or see misinformation being spread? Report it here.
  • Worried about the citizenship question? Learn more here.

Census data collected are strictly confidential under federal law. Answers provided are confidential & cannot be used by any government agency or court. The Census will not ask a citizenship question. The US Constitution requires a fair & accurate count of every person living in US. Learn more here.

Get Out the Count in your community 

Communities that don’t get fully counted in 2020 will miss out for the next ten years. Encourage your friends and family to pledge to be counted by texting PLEDGE to 211-211 to receive information about the 2020 Census.

Census data is used to determine where schools, roads, hospitals, childcare centers, senior centers, and other services will be built and how more than $800 billion in federal government resources will be distributed. It also is used to determine the number of Congressional Seats and redistricting of all levels of government. 

This is the time to get involved. Go here to learn how you can get involved and support the 2020 Census. If you are looking to apply for a 2020 Census job, you can go here to learn more and here to register and apply

United Way Worldwide and 211 are a part of the Census Counts Coalition. Click here to learn more and access resources

About the United Way & 211 Text to Pledge Campaign

Text PLEDGE to 211-211 to receive information about the 2020 Census. Users texting PLEDGE to 211-211 can be routed and given an opportunity to subscribe to local campaigns where applicable (i.e. PACounts).






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At the conclusion of this 2020 Census text to pledge campaign, users will be invited to opt-in to receive information about Get out the Vote and other civic engagement efforts.

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