Census 2020

  • Shape your future. Participate in the Census!

    Every 10 years, the United States works to count its residents. It is incredibly important work. It determines how the greater-Elizabethtown area is represented locally and nationally and how much money our school district and other important services receive.


    Reasons to Participate

    Everyone counts
    The census counts every person living in the U.S – regardless of age or immigration status. It is important to know that participating in the census is confidential and data provided is protected, by law.

    It’s in the Constitution
    The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years. The census covers the entire country and everyone living there. The first census was in 1790.

    It’s about $675 billion
    Census data determine how more than $676 billion are spent. It determines how much money goes to vital local programs– including schools, like the Elizabethtown Area School District, new roads, and emergency services.

    It’s about fair representation
    Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. Additionally, after each census, state lawmakers use the results to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts, adapting to population shifts.


    Important Dates

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

    March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.

    April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. 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 also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.

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


    Ways to Respond

    Secure Internet
    It's safe, secure and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected. Its economical both for you and for the taxpayers.

    Respond by Phone
    Census workers are ready to take your information question by question from the convenience of your phone from any location.

    Respond by Mail
    Wait until you receive your paper form through the mail or when it is dropped off at your residence. It can be filled out at home and dropped into your mailbox or at the post office.


    Additional Resources