Census 2020 - United States

US Census 2020

The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade The U.S. Census Bureau take a count - or a census - of America's population.  The 2020 Census goal is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.

The census provides vital information for you and Rehoboth.

  • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress.
  • Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools and emergency services.
  • Businesses use census data to help provide more local jobs and places to shop.

Each year, the federal government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars ($675+ Billion) to states and communities based on U.S. Census Bureau data.

You will have your chance to make sure Rehoboth receives its fair share of the $675 Billion by completing your U.S. 2020 Census.  Mailings will start arriving in your mailbox mid March and should reflect household residents as of April 1, 2020 (U.S. Census Day)  If you do not want a Census Worker arriving at your doorstep, you must be completed no later than April 31, 2020 . 

Are You Ready for 2020 Census?

Below are the key dates for the 2020 U.S. Census:

  • March 12 - 20: Household will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
  • March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
  • April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers will also begin following up with households that have not yet responded in areas that include off-campus housing, where residents are not counted in groups.
  • May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.


  • March 31: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

Below is the informational PowerPoint presentation Danielle Boulay, U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist ~ New York Regional Census Center gave at the February 24, 2020 Selectmen's Meeting:


Helpful videos explaining the importance of completing the US 2020 Census:

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Video - The 2020 Census Challenge (4:01) - Great Video for KidsVideo - Two Centeries of Change in the U.S. Population (2:44) 
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Video - (9:25) Guide to Completing the 2020 Census OnlineVideo - (30 sec.) How Do I Take the 2020 Census?Video - (30sec.)  Is My 2020 Census Data Safe?
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