In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau begins its once-a-decade tradition of counting every person in the United States. A census form is sent to all households in the country, with most households receiving the form in mid-March. Information collected from the census includes: a phone number, whether the home is owned or rented; and the number of residents in each household, including their age, gender, race/ethnicity and relationship to one another.
Individual responses to the census are securely collected and not shared with the public or federal agencies for 72 years. The Census Bureau is making it easier than ever to respond by allowing you to submit your form online, by phone or by mail.
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau does a census to count the number of people living in the United States. The first U.S. census was in 1790. Data collected by the decennial census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. Texas currently has 36 members, but is likely to gain additional seats after the 2020 Census. Other uses of the data include political redistricting, distribution of federal funding, and planning for infrastructure and social services. Census data is also essential to monitor demographic changes and trends across the country.