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Participate in the 2020 Census!

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Participate in the 2020 Census! Visit 2020census.gov

The 2020 United States census, the 24th in the nation’s history, may have evolved greatly from the first installment in 1790, but the purpose of the once-a-decade exercise remains the same: ensuring all states, based on their population, have proper representation in Congress.

That’s critical for REALTORS®, who play a crucial role in helping shape real estate law at all levels of government—local, state, and federal. The census also has important consequences for every municipality in the country. Aside from determining boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts—and allocating congressional seats to each state—the census, through its demographic recordkeeping, also ensures that schools, hospitals, and local governments receive the resources they need.

The data the census provides directs $675 billion in federal funds that support critical public policy programs in communities across the country. Equally important is the fact that census data helps the federal government and the National Association of REALTORS® understand housing needs, demands, and trends. Participate in the 2020 Census! Visit 2020census.gov

Read more to check out some important dates below to help you prepare to respond to the 2020 census survey.

  • January 6-17, 2020: The U.S. Census Bureau is actively recruiting 500k census workers. For more information about census jobs, visit 2020census.gov/jobs (link is external).
  • March 4, 2020 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (EST): NAR will host a Census Webinar with U.S. Census Bureau for all NAR members to participate and learn more about the upcoming 2020 census. Register today
  • Mid-March 2020: The Census Bureau will be inviting households to participate in the 2020 census*, and households can begin completing the Census survey by mail, phone, or online at 2020census.gov (link is external).
  • April 1, 2020: National Census Day! This is a nationally recognized day, and by this date every U.S. household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 census, and to respond by mail, phone, or online.
  • June 30, 2020: Last day for households to respond to the census survey.
  • December 2020: The Census Bureau is required by law to provide an apportionment count to the President and Congress.

*If someone from the Census Bureau visits your home for the 2020 census, you should verify their identity, by checking to see if they have their valid, and a non-expired ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark.  

For additional questions regarding a Census Bureau employee’s identity or to report possible fraud or a scam, please call 1-800-923-8282.