2020 Census Information and FAQ’s
The Census is currently being implemented throughout the nation. The Census impacts our day-to-day lives, with regard to federal funding, voting lines, and who represents us in the Legislature.
Alaska’s response rate is 36.2 percent, compared to the national 54.2 percent response rate. Your responses can impact the funding your community will receive, so please complete the Census today. You can respond without ever having to leave home or meet a Census taker.
There are three ways to participate in the Census:
Mail: You should have received a letter in the mail to complete and return.
Phone: The 2020 Census can be completed by phone. The number for English speakers to call is
844-330-2020. Phone lines are open every day from
7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern Time.
Why is the Census important?
The Census helps local governments plan for the future and determines the level of funding programs and services receive from the federal government. This impacts our schools, childcare, housing, public transportation, and medical care. For example, counting your kids in the Census means that your local school will get more funding for your children.
The Census helps to shape our health clinics, schools, fire departments, roads, and highways. Your response matters.
I completed the Census already; why am I still receiving mail?
If you already responded, the reminder may have been sent before your response was received.
Where should I count children in a joint custody arrangement?
Parents and guardians should count children at the address where they live and sleep most of the time. If a child spends an equal amount of time in two or more homes, count the child where they were staying on April 1, 2020.
How is Census data used?
By law, the U.S. Census Bureau can use your responses only to produce statistics. 2020 Census results will help in directing billions of dollars in federal funds to communities for schools, roads, and other public services. Results from the 2020 Census will also help to determine the number of seats that each state has in Congress.
The Census happens every 10 years. If you have a 2-year-old child and they are not counted, your community will have less funding for education, childcare, and other services that are needed for the next 10 years. This is the majority of the 2-year-old’s childhood.
The only thing the Census judges is “How Many?” All information is kept confidential.