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U.S. Census 2020

Tacoma You Count! Take the 2020 Census 

The 2020 Census is a once in a decade opportunity to influence decisions that directly affect your daily life. Census numbers are used to understand the local population and determine funding for everyday resources like school/educational programs, health care, transportation and affordable housing. Census numbers also determine how many elected officials you have at the state and national level.


Tacoma residents are encouraged to complete the U.S. Census either by mail, phone, or online.


Take the 2020 Census


This is the First Census in Which You Can Respond Online

The 2020 Census is the first time that the public can respond online or by phone, in addition to the traditional paper response. Technology improvements over the last decade that allow for these secure response options. 
In mid-March 2020, each household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. That invitation will include detailed information along with a unique Census ID that links you to a physical address. But you can also respond online or by phone without a Census ID.


Take the Census Online


Census is Mandated by the U.S. Constitution Every 10 Years

The U.S. Census is mandated by the United States Constitution every 10 years. The official Census Day is April 1, 2020, but the 2020 Census is special because people will have the ability to complete the survey online beginning March 12.


Census Data Used to Fund Affordable Housing, Quality Education, Hospitals, Public Safety and Roads 

We need your help to count everyone in Tacoma--this includes all adults, children and babies. The data from the Census will be used to ensure valuable public services and funding for such things as schools, hospitals, roads and fire departments.


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Census data is also used in the planning of housing and businesses, and to determine how many seats are allocated to each state in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Everyone Counts-We're Working to Reach the Hard-to-Count Populations 

Communities of color, immigrants, seniors, and individuals experiencing homelessness are at risk of being undercounted in the Census. The Pierce County Complete Count Committee, in partnership with us, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and other community-based organizations and local governments is focusing outreach and funding on hard-to-count populations and ensuring a complete count in Pierce County.


Why the Census is Important for all of Us

  • Everyone living in Tacoma and Pierce County deserves to be heard. When individuals and communities are not counted in the census, we miss out on critical funding, political representation and a wealth of perspectives that make Pierce County a great place to live.
  • You know your family and your community best. Taking the census helps us make sure that those in power know we are here and know what we need.
  • There is a lot at stake. Census data determines how more than $800 billion in federal funding is given each year. We need the census to accurately count the number of Pierce County residents to ensure we get our fair share of funding over the next decade and beyond.
  • We need to get everyone counted to ensure we have enough local leaders with the power to speak out on our behalf on the national stage.
  • Billions of dollars of economic activity are determined based on census data. For example, when a grocery chain decides to open a new store, it looks at census data to determine whether Tacoma/Pierce County is the right place to open the shop. Having accurate representation of Pierce County could bring more business and employment opportunities to our communities.

Basic Census Information

  • The census is taken every 10 years and includes a few simple questions about your income, household, and gender and racial identities.

  • The census is offered in 13 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Arabic, Tagalog, Portuguese, French, Haitian Creole, Polish and Japanese.
  • Your responses will be kept confidential. Your name will not be shared with anyone, and your answers will not be used to identify you or your family. It is against the law to share your census information with anyone outside the census department.
  • Find complete information about the Census at the 2020 Census website.

Census graphic-Once in a decade opportunity