2020 Census

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Hello, Neighbor!

The U.S. Census Bureau is counting all residents living in the United States as part of the 2020 Census. In Pennsylvania, we’re committed to working together to make sure all our neighbors are counted.

To receive text message updates about the 2020 Census in either English or Spanish, text PACOUNTS to 898211 on your mobile phone. Standard data rates may apply.

Be a good neighbor and participate in the 2020 Census. Explore this site to learn more about the 2020 Census, your role as a resident, and downloadable materials you can use to help spread the word about the census.


Take the Census

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Respond to the Census Online, by Phone, or by Mail

Now is the time to respond to the 2020 Census. It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.

How to Respond
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COVID-19 & the Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is working closely with public health authorities to ensure all follow-up and field operations maintain the health and safety of our communities.

Census Operations
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NEW! Guidance for Counting College Students

There are many questions about where college students should be counted for the 2020 Census. The U.S. Census Bureau has clear guidance to help ensure students are counted only once and in the right place.

Counting Students
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Latest News on COVID-19 and Pennsylvania

Get up-to-date information and guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak directly from the PA Department of Health.

Coronavirus Updates
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Your Response Matters

You may wonder why the Census matters. It’s simple. It’s the law. It’s about a having our voices represented in Congress. And it’s about receiving our fair share of federal spending. Your participation has benefits for your community and all Pennsylvanians.

Everyone Counts
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Data Privacy & Security

Protecting resident’s privacy and keeping data secure are important to the federal government and to Pennsylvania. Census answers can’t be used against an individual, and data security is managed by security experts operating at the highest levels.

You’re Protected
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How & When to Respond

Being counted in the census in 2020 will be easier than ever before. For the first time in history, Pennsylvanians will be able to respond online. Residents will also be able to answer the census by mail or by phone.

Prepare for April 1, 2020
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Support Your Community

Making sure all our neighbors are counted in the 2020 Census is a big task. There are many ways to get involved. Answering your own census, sharing facts about the census, and asking others to participate is vital.

Get Involved