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What is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census is a snapshot of who represents Fort Bend County, and it determines how the nation understands Fort Bend County for the next 10 years. In fact, the U.S. Constitution instructs that every resident take part in and be counted in each Census. The government uses the answers to the ten questions each resident’s answers to make important decisions about housing, education, the economy, health care, and more.

It uses the change in population to “reapportion” congressional districts across the country. Many Census experts say that if all Texas residents complete the Census, Texas will gain FOUR Congressional seats. The Texas State Legislature also relies on Census data to draw political maps during the redistricting process.

The federal government uses the Census information to distribute $900 billion dollars in federal funding to states and local jurisdictions, like Fort Bend County, to fund local schools and social programs. In summary, the 2020 Census will impact you, your kids, and your community.

When is the 2020 Census?

On March 12, 2020, the Census Bureau will begin sending all households instructions to complete the Census. The vast majority of households will receive instructions to complete the Census online, and about 1 in 4 households will receive a paper survey. This is the first time you can complete the Census online!

The official Census Day is on April 1, 2020, but you may complete the Census beginning March 12, 2020 and the Census Bureau will accept surveys through July 2020. You can send your responses through mail, phone, or online! Learn more about how to complete the 2020 Census.


One way to get involved is to work for the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau is accepting applications for temporary positions that pay up to $24 an hour. They need to hire 500,000 census takers to accomplish their goal, so apply today!