Every 10 years, the US government counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The count is required by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The results of the census determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, determine the number of Electoral College votes each state will have, and are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. The census also provides critical data that lawmakers, businesses and many others use to provide funding, services, products, and support for you and your community.
You can complete your census online even if you do not have the census ID that was mailed to you.