Everyone counts in Lancaster City!

Completing the Census is easy, safe, and important.

The Census is Easy.

  • The Census will be mailed to you in the middle of March, and can be completed by mail, telephone, or online.
  • If you don’t reply by mail, telephone, or online, the Census will expect you to be home on Enumeration Day, April 1st.
  • A census taker will visit your home starting in mid-May if you do not reply.
How to Respond

The Census is Safe.

  • It is against Federal law to release personal information collected by the Census Bureau, punishable by a fine and jail time.
  • The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is not allowed to publicly release your responses.
  • The 2020 Census does not ask whether you or anyone in your home is a U.S. citizen.
Census Safety

The Census is Important.

  • The Census helps determine how many representatives each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • An accurate Census helps guide Federal distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars to states and local communities like Lancaster.
  • At least one in five people in Lancaster weren’t counted in 2010.
Census & the Community

What is the Census?

The census is mandated by the Constitution to happen every 10 years, and is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and other Lancastrians. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources across the country based on census data.

Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and Lancaster, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more for years to come.