What Is Census Day?

National Census Day on April 1st is an important date for the 2020 Census. You can and absolutely should fill out the Census before and after April 1st, but the Census Bureau uses the day as a reference point for the process.

Everyone should fill out the Census with the place they will be living in on April 1st, and all children born before or on April 1st should also be counted.

For college students who have gone home from school due to COVID-19, you should be counted where you would have been living on April 1st if the outbreak hadn’t occurred.


Communities that don’t get fully counted in 2020 will miss out for the next ten years. This is the time to get involved. The Census counts. So do you.

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Doing census outreach? Visit our COVID-19 page for organizing resources, updates from the Census Bureau, and guidance on how to adjust your census outreach to keep yourself and your community safe.