2020 Census

What is the Census?

The census is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every ten years. The Constitution requires that every person in the United States be counted—adults, children and babies, citizens, immigrants, and anyone living in this country.

Data collected is protected by law and cannot be shared with other government agencies. This year, it’s never been easier to fill out the census either online, by telephone, or by mail.

Why is the Census important?

States use census data to determine representation in Congress. States and localities also use census data to plan where health clinics, schools, and roads will be built.

The federal government uses census data to help allocate over $800 billion a year in federal funds. In 2016, Maine received $4.1 billion in federal funds informed by census data.

The impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 Census

It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker. With the flexibility and support of the American people, the Census bureau still aims to achieve a complete and accurate count in 2020.

The latest news: The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that it is extending the enumeration period—self-response and non-response follow up—until October 31, 2020, in order to protect workers and communities during this health crisis, while still giving itself enough time to pursue a full and accurate count.

Updates to 2020 Census Operations

Timeline for the 2020 Census

Adjusted Timeline for 2020 Census

What YOU can do

As of June 24, 2020, only 53.2% of Maine households had completed the 2020 census, ranking Maine 48 among the 50 states. It’s imperative to ensure an accurate count in 2020, so everyone gets the resources and representation they deserve. The populations which tend to have the highest risk of being undercounted are rural communities and communities with people of color. As a result, Maine is at risk of being undercounted, so MAKE MAINE COUNT by doing the following:

  • Fill out the census!
    • Online: 
    • By Phone: 1-800-923-8282
    • By Mail: fill out your invitation!
  • Encourage others to fill out the census. As trusted messengers, nonprofit organizations play a vital role in helping to increase the response rate. Maine currently has one of the lowest response rates in the nation. 
  • Get creative and create your own graphics to share through your communications channels. Creatives for the Count has a downloadable toolkit and a massive gallery of images to get inspired by!


Contact MANP’s Director of Advocacy + Public Affairs, Sarah Skillin Woodard, at

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