2020 Census Resources


Every 10 years all people living in the United States get counted. This count determines how many people represent us in Congress and how much money our communities receive for local schools, hospitals, roads, and more. 

In 2020, the Skagit Valley Family YMCA is working closely with our neighbors and communities to ensure an accurate and successful Census.  

Complete the Census Online 

It’s Safe, Easy, and Important 

Participate Online to Avoid an In-Person Visit from a Census-Taker 

  • The Census Bureau will send enumerators, or Census takers, to all households that don’t fill out the 2020 Census online, over the phone, or via paper before mid-April. 

  • In light of COVID-19 concerns, the best way to avoid someone coming to your door is to fill out the 2020 Census now at my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020. 


What is the Census? 

The Census is a nationwide population count done by the Census Bureau every 10 years. It affects 10 years of funding, resources, and the next generations’ future. Everyone living in the U.S. on April 1 deserves to be counted. See the 10 Census questions here. 

Why does the Census matter? 
The Census matters because it affects more than $675 billion in government funding for countless programs, like Medicaid, SNAP, and Head Start. It also affects where schools, hospitals, affordable housing, bus lines, and more are built, and determines how many representatives New Yorkers have in Congress. 

Who should be counted? 
The Census is for everyone, including those who are undocumented and/or experiencing homelessness. Regardless of immigration or housing status, if you live here, you count. 

Is my information private? 
The census is safe and secure. Your information is protected by law. The Census is for data collection only, and information will not be shared with ICE, your housing authority, city agencies — no one. The penalty is up to 5 years in prison and $250,000 for violating this law. 

How easy is it to complete? 
Very! It’s 10 questions that take just a few minutes. Anyone in your household can respond online, over the phone, on paper, or in-person with a Census taker. See a sample form here!