Census 2020

Since 1790, the U.S. Census Bureau has conducted a census every ten years to determine the number of people living in the United States, as required by the U.S. Constitution. We need your help to achieve a complete count in West Des Moines for Census 2020. Census Day is April 1, 2020!

Participating in the Census is Easier Than Ever

It’s easy, safe and confidential to respond to the census. It will only take a few minutes to complete the Census survey – which will be available online for the first time. Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be delivered between March 12-20. Once you receive that invitation, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail.

  • Online: Each household will receive a postcard with a personal code to complete the Census online via computer or smart phone.

  • By phone: If you prefer, you will be able to call to complete the Census by phone in 13 languages. Language guides will also be offered in 59 languages.

  • By mail: Call to request a hard copy form in over 59 languages to complete and return by Census day.

By law, the information cannot be shared with law enforcement, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service. Title 13 is clear that the data collected can only be used for statistical purposes and your privacy is protected.


Important Documents:

Census 101 ENG : English

Census 101 SPA : Spanish

50 Ways Census Data Are Used




2020-informational-questionnaire : SAMPLE Census Questionnaire

For more information, language guides and help please visit: https://2020census.gov/