2020 Census


The 2020 Census is happening now. Respond today.

In every community, including Scottsdale, residents are asked to complete a short questionnaire. Counting America’s population every ten years is required by the Constitution.

This time, respond online.

The 2020 Census is the first time you can fill out your questionnaire online (telephone and mail response will remain options as well). The 2020 Census website is safe, secure and confidential, and responses to the census questionnaire are completely confidential and anonymous by U.S. law.

What’s at stake for Scottsdale

For every person counted, from infants and young children to older adults, Scottsdale receives $2,959 from the federal government, which flows to local services you care about. Responding in Scottsdale helps our community receive its fair share.

2020 Census self-response map

See how Scottsdale is responding. View map

Visit the Official Census Site

Census data isn’t just about dollars – you count!

Does education, healthcare, roads, or public safety matter to you? Census data apportions funding for a wide variety of federal, state and regional programs and projects.

The city uses census data to plan services and projects, and to place facilities like fire stations, parks and community centers where they will be most effective.

If the census accurately reflects Arizona’s estimated population growth, our state is also expected to gain a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Census Video

What is asked?

The census asks basic demographic questions such as: how many people are living in the home; is the home owned or rented and the age, sex, race and relationships of people in the household. View a sample questionnaire  (PDF).

Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home.

What about part-time residents?

If you don’t live in Scottsdale year-round, you should report your residency wherever you live and sleep most of the time—even if you are a citizen of a foreign country. If you aren’t sure, report your residency wherever you were on April 1.


March 12 - 20, 2020
Residents were invited to begin responding

April 2020
Paper mailers were sent to people that had not responded online or by phone.

April 1, 2020
Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census—not a deadline. This day is used to determine who is counted and where in the 2020 Census. When you respond, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you lived as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home. You can respond after April 1. We encourage you to respond as soon as you can.

August – October 2020
Census workers will knock the doors of every person that has not responded

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