It’s census time, and every person counts

Now more than ever, it is critical to fill out your questionnaire so that census takers aren’t required to go door-to-door during this public health crisis. From key dates to frequently asked questions, we’ve got you covered here.

Posted on 03/24/2020 by Austin Chamber

The census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year, and they also determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. By filling out your census form, you’re helping to make sure every Texan is counted!

Get the facts on the official U.S. census site.

Key dates:

March 12 - 20: Households began receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.

April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers will also begin following up with households that have not yet responded in areas that include off-campus housing, where residents are not counted in groups.

May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

For the first time, you can choose to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail, detailed below:

Still have questions? Watch the tutorial video: