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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 Constitution mandates a census every 10 years.  

Why does the census matter to me?

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

Is my data secure?

Yes, your data is protected by law and cannot be shared with anyone, including other government agencies.

How can I be counted?

Sometime after April 1, 2020, each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire - online, by phone, or by mail. Those who do not respond will receive follow up communications, including door-to-door outreach by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

Why is Harford County Planning & Zoning involved?

Federal officials conduct the census, but planning departments at the state and local level are responsible for raising awareness and conducting outreach through a Complete Count Committee. Your local committee is appointed by the county executive and comprised of local officials and community leaders who assist with these efforts.


Contact 410.638.3103 or email 2020 Census.