Census 2020

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The US Census 2020 is a federal initiative that every 10 years counts how many people live in the country. This decennial census is required by the US Constitution to be conducted by the US Census Bureau. 

And it's important to all Burlington and Alamance County residents because this census count affects how much federal funding our city and county gets for various programs for the next 10 years.

Our state could lose about $16,000 in federal funding over a 10-year period for each NC resident who isn't counted in the 2020 Census. Read more.

That's why the City has partnered with the US Census Bureau to support the decennial census and is working to ensure our community is accurately represented. 

All info provided and linked to below is from official state and federal census-related websites.


  1. What is the census?
  2. When does the census happen?
  3. Who counts? Every body!
  4. How will my responses be used?

Beginning in March 2020, every household in the country -- people living at the same address -- will be asked by the US Census Bureau to fill out a census questionnaire. Your household must count people, including babies, who live and sleep there most of the time.

Examples of information the census will ask for include:

  • How many people are living in your household as of April 1, 2020
  • Is the housing unit rented or owned
  • Age, sex, race, relationship to the person in the household who is filling out the questionnaire
  • Educational levels. 

Examples of information the census will not ask for include:

  • Social security numbers
  • Bank or credit card account numbers
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.

Remember that every household must count
people of all ages and citizenship statuses.

Having an accurate head count of the people in our country, state, county and city and what their needs are or may be in the next 10 years, helps the government budget for appropriate funding for a location's need services. Those services include roads and utility infrastructure, education, medical, and emergency services, to name a few. 

When you fill out the census questionnaire, you also help provide a picture of our community that determines where to build schools, hospitals and businesses and how congressional seats are allocated. You also help our city, state and country see how communities have changed over time.