March 4, 2020

The Census Is Coming: Here is Important Information You Need to Know

The invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will begin arriving to households March 12. Here is some information you need to know about the census.

What is the Census?
Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States.

Why is the Census important?
  • Every year, the federal government allocates more than $675 Billion in funding based on census data.
  • Every Marylander not counted costs the state approximately $18,250 over 10 years.
  • Census data is used to plan schools, new homes and businesses, and improve neighborhoods.
Who needs to respond to the Census and is my information secure?
The census counts every household and person living in the U.S., this includes both citizens and non-citizens. The U.S. Census Bureau must keep all information confidential.