Census 2020


What is a census and why is it important?

Every 10 years the United States Government conducts a census to count the number of people living in the country.  This is mandated by the United States Constitution.  The number of persons and households are counted to provide a basis for reapportioning congressional seats.  It also provides data to the federal government so that more than $675 billion in funding can be distributed to support state, county, city, and local programs - all of which impact housing, transportation, education, employment, health care, and public policy.

Click here to learn more about the basics of the 2020 Census. 


When will the census take place?

Census Day is April 1, 2020.  This is the date when citizens need to have their response submitted to the Census Bureau.  Most households will receive a postcard in the mail in mid-March of 2020 inviting them to submit a response on the web or by phone.  Those who do not respond will receive another invitation by postcard or by receiving a printed form in the mail.  Census takers may also visit homes in person where a response has not yet been received.

The City of Concord encourages all residents to participate in the 2020 Census and respond in a timely manner.  In this way, Concord will be sure to have a fair and accurate count of the number of persons living in the city.  Responding quickly also helps the Census Bureau save money and tax-payer resources.

The 2020 Census Questionnaire is very simple.  There are a couple questions about the household, such as is the home owned or rented; and about five questions pertaining to each person's name, gender, age, and race.

Census Sample Questionnaire

Submitting your answers to the 2020 Census is quick, easy, and safe.  It will be quick and easy because households can submit their response on the web, by phone, or by paper form.  It is safe since personal information submitted will be confidential and not released to any other agency or to the public.  Only general statistics aggregated at broad areas will be released.


Decennial Census

Visit the Census Bureau's web page to find out exactly what a decennial census is.