What is the census?
Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau counts everyone in the United States.
The census is a count the federal government does of every person living in the United States.
Why do we do the census?
Governments and businesses use census data to decide:
- How much money each state gets for schools, hospitals, roads, and social services.
- Locations for new roads, transportation lines, and businesses.
- How many Congressional Representatives each state, including New Jersey, receives.
- How local and state district lines get drawn, based on population.
What questions are on the census?
The census asks 9 simple questions about you and the people living in your household.
The census will ask you how many people live with you and if you own or rent your house. It will also ask you for your name, sex, age, birthday, ethnicity and race.
Video Guides in Various Languages
These videos – in English and translated into non-English languages – will introduce you to the 2020 Census, present a quick overview of the online questionnaire, and help you answer the questions.
Fill Out Your Census By Toll-free Phone Numbers
Dedicated toll-free numbers for each language:
Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
English (Puerto Rico residents): 844-418-2020
Spanish (Puerto Rico residents): 844-426-2020
Telephone Display Device (TDD): 844-467-2020