About the Census
Our Community Counts!
Every 10 years, the United States conducts a census of the entire population.
Census Day is April 1, 2020 and our community is currently organizing resources to ensure a complete and accurate count – because an incomplete count in Westmoreland County can have a devastating impact in Pennsylvania.
The census is used to determine Congressional representation and allocate billions of dollars in federal funding which supports schools, hospitals, infrastructure developments and other community-based services.
Local government, foundations, businesses, educators and others, rely on census information to make important decisions about local policies, funding distribution, where to start businesses and more. The participation of every resident in the census will help make sure that our region receives the federal funds that it needs to serve everyone equitably. It’s why our goal is to make sure 100% of our residents are counted.
Being counted in the census in 2020 will be easier than ever before.
For the first time in history, Pennsylvanians will be able to respond online.
Residents will also be able to answer the census by mail, or by phone.
Three Ways to Complete the Census
The questionnaire can be completed by using your computer, tablet or mobile device.
You can call the U.S. Census Bureau and participate over the phone.
If households do not fill out the census online or by phone, the Census Bureau will send you a paper questionnaire to complete.
For those residents whose primary language isn’t English, census questionnaires will be available in multiple languages including English, Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
You can view an example of the questionnaire on the Census Bureau’s website here.
Have more questions about the 2020 census? Visit our FAQ page to learn more.
Here are Some Key Dates
Jan.–Sept. 2019: The U.S. Census Bureau opens 248 area census offices across the country. These offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.
Aug. 2019: Census takers begin visiting areas that have experienced a lot of change and growth to ensure that the Census Bureau’s address list is up to date. This is called address canvassing, and it helps to ensure that everyone receives an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.
January 2020: The Census Bureau begins counting the population in remote Alaska.
April 1, 2020: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
April 2020: Census takers begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
May 2020: The Census Bureau begins visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to make sure everyone is counted.
Dec. 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
Mar. 31, 2021: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.