The census is held every 10 years in the United States to count the country’s population and to create a better understanding of the people that make up our communities.
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Having an accurate census count shapes how the federal government allocates more than $675 billion in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources every year.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
When will I fill out the census?
Cleburne residents will begin receiving the census questionnaire by mail in March, but can also submit household information online and through the phone. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
For those that don’t voluntary submit information, census takers will come by door-to-door to get information starting in May and running through July.