Census 2020


2020 Census – Why It's Important

  • Determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Defines congressional and state legislative districts, school districts and voting precincts
  • Determines the annual allocation of $675 billion dollars in federal funding -
  • Medicaid, SNAP, Hwy Planning, Section 8 Housing, Special Education Grants, S-CHIP, Title I Grants, National School Lunch Program, WIC, Head Start, Foster Care, Health Center Programs
  • Provides insight to governments, business and community planning groups for planning purposes
  • Provides population benchmarks for nearly every other United States survey


2020 Census staff began door to door visits to collect census data last week. People can still respond online.

July 27 through August 1 marks the final push for the 2020 Census.

Use any of these sample messages in your social media posts, newsletters or other communications:

  • Want more money for our community? Respond to the #2020Census.
  • Make your voice heard. Respond now at 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020
  • The #2020Census affects your voice in government, the f unding your community receives, and how your community plans for the future. #BeHeard#BePrepared #GetCounted at 2020census.gov
  • #2020Census data will help inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in funding are distributed across our communities each year for things your community needs like health care, roads, and libraries.Visis 2020census.gov
  • No matter who you are, where you live or what color of mask you wear - we all count! Visist 2020census.gov.
  • Data from the 2020 Census will be used to help economic development in our town. #yourVoice Matters #GetCounted
  • Complete the 2020 Census today online, by phone, or by mail. Visit 2020census.gove or call 844-330-2020.

View the video designed for this final push.

Resources for Maine libraries

Zoom webinar recording

Powerpoint from Feb. 12, 2020 webinar

ME 2020 Census PowerPoint presentation

Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census (ALA) - January 2020 Update

Sample of the paper census and letter (PDFs)

Counting for Dollars - Maine federal funding received by data derived from the 2010 Census.

Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census

Fact Sheet - Counting Children

U.S. Census - Promotional Materials and Guidelines

Questions and Answers for Stakeholders Supporting the 2020 Census

Activities to do with Children (Pre-K - 12)

Maps to use with programs

Counting books for Storytime

Sticker template (Word) Avery Label 22807 (2 in)

Button graphic - 2 inch

Button or sticker graphic - 1.25 inch


Census Bookmark Info