Four things you need to know for the Census  

Every 10 years in the United States, a national census takes place, and King County is partnering with community-based organizations, philanthropies, other governments, and stakeholders across the region to support and promote a fair and accurate 2020 Census.

Starting March 12, people will receive letters in the mail with instructions on how to complete the 2020 Census. Until July 31, you can complete the census online, by mail, or over the phone. The results inform how funding is distributed for things like our schools, affordable housing, hospitals, and public transportation for the next decade. The count also determines how many representatives we’ll have in Congress.

Here are four things you need to know:

  • The census will not ask if you’re a citizen.
  • It is illegal for the census to share information with law enforcement or other agencies.
  • You have the right to privacy in the census—all answers are confidential and used only to produce statistics.
  • The census and its staff will never ask you for your social security number, bank information, or money. Official census workers wear census badges to help you identify them.

Help us get the word out by learning more about the 2020 Census. Because we all count.