The Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2. The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
Census results also help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
A complete and accurate count in 2020 is so important that the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring an estimated 500,000 temporary employees to ensure everyone is counted.
College students looking to get involved in 2020 can also apply online for part-time census jobs, which range in pay from $13 to $30 an hour.