U.S. Census Information:
Census Update Information:
- Census postcards will be sent to most homes March 12-20, 2020.
- Mailing 1: Letter with information to take the survey online (the majority of people will get this) or a letter plus a paper survey will be sent out March 16–24, 2020.
• April, 2020: 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 tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
Information you provide on the Census survey is protected by federal law and cannot be shared with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies or used in determining your eligibility for government benefits. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics.
• April 2020: 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.
• May 2020: The Census Bureau begins visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020
Census to make sure everyone is counted.
• December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the President
and Congress as required by law.
The Census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years.
Census data is used in determining the number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives; distribution of more than $675 billion annually in federal funds back to state, and local governments; redistricting of state legislative districts; forecasting future transportation needs for all segments of the population; determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans; assisting federal, state, and local governments in planning and implementing programs, services, and emergency response; and designing facilities for people with disabilities, the elderly and children.
West Virginia is faced with the possible loss of another congressional seat following the 2020 census.