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  • Census 2020

    Supervisor EliasWelcome to the Pima County Web Page on the 2020 Census.

    A complete and accurate census of the number andWork for Census location of people living in the United States is essential for the fair distribution to states, counties, cities and towns of federal funds and for drawing lines for how and where we elect our representatives, from local to national.

    Under the U.S. Constitution, the census count takes place every 10 years and 2020 is a census year. We must do all we can to ensure that the 2020 count in Pima County is as complete and accurate as possible.
    The census count will determine how many representatives will have for the following 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and how the boundary lines for their districts are drawn. We want our fair share of representation and we want district lines that reflect our population.

    In addition, these census figures will be used to draw election-district lines for the Arizona Legislature, the Pima County Board of Supervisors, and the Tucson City Council, among others.
    An array of federal agencies use census figures to distribute about $675 billion a year around the country. This includes funding for Medicaid, programs for the elderly, public transportation, affordable housing, road construction and rehabilitation, food stamps, and much more.
    With a complete and accurate count in Pima County, we will receive a share of these funds that serves all those who live here, and that go where the needs are within this sprawling county.

    As Chairman of the Pima County Board of Supervisors I urge everyone to comply and cooperate with the 2020 census. 


    Richard Elías
    Pima County Board of Supervisors 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

    Census 2020 has adapted and delayed some operations to protect the health and safety of staff and the public and to ensure complete counts. Learn more here (Spanish). 

    When is Census Day?

    April 1, 2020.

    How do I respond?

    Prior to Census Day, each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire — online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online. 

    A sample questionnaire.  

    Ways to Respond

    By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census:
    • Online
    • By phone
    • By mail
    The 2020 Census marks the first time you'll have the option to respond online. You can even respond on your mobile device.

    Who should respond?

    Everyone living in the United States, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.

    Is my information secure?

    The answers you provide are kept anonymous and used only to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release
    your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. Personal data collected may not be shared with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement, or be used to determine an individual’s eligibility for government benefits.

    Learn more about data confidentiality.

    How is my information used?

    The U.S. Constitution requires that electoral districts be periodically adjusted or redrawn to account for population shifts. Every ten years, Census data is collected and used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
    The data collected also hold important statistical value for governments, researchers, academics, and businesses. These organizations use the data to inform long-term decisions such as where to invest in new development, place public infrastructure, build new emergency response facilities, allocate funding for school lunches, construct new roads, and much more.

    Learn more about why the Census asks the questions it does and this handout.

    Is the 2020 Census Available in Multiple Languages?

    The census is available in English and 12 non-English languages. View our step-by-step guide on how to complete the census in your preferred language.

    Helpful links, tools and more information

    Need more Census information? We got you covered.
    Census help
    Learn more about Census 2020
    Important dates
    Do you want to meet? Set a meeting with County and Census representatives to help.
    How you can help
    Pima Association of Governments
    Census 2020 news

    Work for Census 2020

    workInterested in working for the U.S. Census? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.

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