Census 2020 Resources

The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The first national count took place in 1790!

FDLP libraries are certain to receive many questions about the 2020 Census from nationwide patrons. GPO has compiled some excellent sources of information to help.

From the U.S. Census Bureau:

From GPO:

From the American Library Association:


There are several ways that you can contact the U.S. Census Bureau for support.

  • For general questions: Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, or call 301-763-INFO (4636) or 800-923-8282.
  • For information on services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: Call the TTY number at 800-877-8339 to reach the Federal Relay Service.
  • For information about the application and hiring process for 2020 Census jobs, see these frequently asked questions or call 855-JOB-2020 (855-562-2020).