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Census 2020 - Shape Louisiana's Future
What is the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
Every Louisianan should stand up and be counted in the 2020 Census. Your participation is vital because it will give us the best look at our population, which allows us to make decisions that best serve the people of our state, determine how we are represented in Congress and be in the best possible shape to receive our share of federal resources.
- Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards
Why We Conduct This Count
- The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.
- The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
- It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.
Conducting the Count
The 2020 Census is a massive undertaking. It requires counting a diverse and growing population in the United States and the five U.S. territories. To do this, the U.S. Census Bureau must:
- Make an accurate list of every residence in the U.S. and five U.S. territories—including houses, apartments, dormitories, military barracks, and more.
- Get a member of every residence to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail in March and April of 2020.
- Follow up in person with homes that have not responded.
How to Respond
In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. Once you receive that invitation, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail.
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
- By phone.
- By mail.
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It's not too late to apply for a temporary part-time position with the 2020 Census. Apply to earn extra income and help your community.