2020 Census

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2020 Census

It’s safe, it’s easy, and it’s important. To learn more, visit https://2020census.gov/ .

Updated Census Guidance in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

Below, please find a summary of new guidance/updates from the Census Bureau. For more detailed information, please view the full press release here.

  • College Students. Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, students living away from home at school should be counted at school in most cases, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Group Quarters. The Census Bureau will be reaching out to service providers at emergency and transitional shelters, soup kitchens, and regularly scheduled mobile food vans to adapt plans to count the populations they serve.
  • Mobile Questionnaire Assistance Program – Delayed Start. Now plan to offer this assistance fully across the country on April 13, delaying from the previously planned start of March 30.
  •  Non-Response Follow-Up (Census takers knocking on doors of those who have not responded). Delayed start to the Early Nonresponse Follow-Up operation. Start date is being pushed back from April 9 to April 23.

Lancaster County Census Information

Please see below for information regarding the 2020 Census, and Lancaster County’s efforts to ensure that all residents are counted.

The 2020 Census is vitally important for Lancaster County! The census counts every resident in the United States once every ten years, as mandated by the Constitution. Census data provides the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support vital programs impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy.

The Lancaster County Complete Count Committee is forming 6 subcommittees to help improve community awareness and ensure an accurate census count. We would like to invite you and others from your organization to participate in the subcommittee of your choosing.

If you want to help but cannot serve on a committee, please consider becoming a Census Partner. Census Partners participate as they are able. Activities may include distributing census-related information via email or social media, hanging census posters, or posting information about the census on organizational websites.  

Please RSVP to census@co.lancaster.pa.us if you are interested in participating in a subcommittee, or in becoming a Census Partner.

Please feel free to forward this information to others who you believe may be interested in assisting with this important, community-wide initiative.

Lancaster County Census Events

Please note that all libraries and schools are currently closed in Lancaster County. We will update this list as soon as we have official word from our Census Bureau partners.

Federal Website

Complete Count Committee Information

Lancaster County Promotional Materials

Pennsylvania-Specific Census Materials