Counting every person in the U.S. is a huge project. Planning for the census begins years ahead of time.
The U.S. Census Bureau has opened almost 250 offices around the nation.
Here is a timeline for the 2020 census:
The Census Bureau will start to count the people in far-away parts of Alaska. Ads will start to tell people about the census and what to expect.
April 1 is Census Day. There will be events across the nation. By this day, the Census Bureau will send a form to each household. Census workers will also visit students living on college campuses. They will visit people living in senior centers.
Census workers will begin to visit homes that have not given answers to the census questions.
The Census Bureau will give the total count to the president and Congress.
On March 31, 2021, the Census Bureau will give counts to each state. Those counts will then be used to draw new lines for voting and school districts if they are needed.
SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU