The 2020 Census count determines how billions of dollars worth of federal funds will be allocated to local schools and governments for the next 10 years.
The United States Census Bureau is required to count everyone in the United States every 10 years, and the next count is scheduled for 2020. The current count officially began in Alaska in January, and invitations should reach the rest of the nation between March 12 and March 20.
Responses will be accepted online, by phone, or by mail, and a Spanish version is available. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep all information confidential.
Federal programs affected by the count include Title I, IDEA special education, school lunch programs and more.
In addition to funding, the count also determines the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives.
For more information about the 2020 Census, visit their website: 2020census.gov.