The Census is a once-in-a-decade call to action, a national civic engagement movement requiring the participation of every person, household, neighborhood and community. It is more than just a headcount, it is the foundation of our democracy.


This call to action requires all of us to work together to make sure that our communities get:

  • their fair share of the $675 billion in state and federal dollars allocated to communities each year;
  • that the Electoral College and congressional representation is reflective of our communities.

April 1, 2020 is Census Day, and this time it counts more than ever. Every person must be counted; being counted is your right. Without the Census there is:

  • no democracy
  • civil rights enforcement
  • no accurate & fair allocation of federal funds to Black communities
  • no representative government in the halls of Congress!

This will be the first time in history that we have the option of completing the Census in three ways:

  • Mail
  • Phone
  • Online—via your laptop or mobile phone

The most important way that you can get involved in the Census is to take it.  And the good news is that the census is not long. You will answer basic questions about yourself and the people who live with you.


  1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020?
  2. Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2020, that you did not include in Question 1?
  3. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home [. . . owned with a mortgage, owned without a mortgage, rented, etc.]?
  4. What is your telephone number?
  5. What is Person 1’s name?
  6. What is Person 1’s sex?
  7. What is Person 1’s age and what is Person 1’s date of birth?
  8. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
  9. What is Person 1’s race?
  10. Print name of Person 2.
  11. Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else?
  12. How is this person related to Person 1?

Remember to click Black!

Visit the 2020 Census website at 2020census.gov for more information, including why each question is asked and  how to respond to each question.