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What is the U.S. Census?

Every 10 years, the United States counts every person living in the country to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives (a process called apportionment) and also to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities.

Why You Count

For each person counted in Arizona, the state receives $2,959 in federal funding (totaling more than $20 billion per year), which goes toward vital services including schools, emergency services and hospitals.

Your role in the census

What to Look for When

Information about how to respond online is mailed to households in mid-March. Reminders will be mailed up to four more times. Census takers will begin following up in person with households that have not yet participated in August 2020.

Understand the Process

How to Participate

Participating in the census is easier than ever before. For the first time in history, you can complete the census online using your unique code that is mailed to you in March 2020. You also have the options to participate by phone or mail.

Learn How

2020 Census Self-Response Map

See how the Maricopa Region is responding.

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