2020 Census

Para información en Español


What is the census?

The Census is a count of the population in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of he Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

The Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2.
The Census happens every 10 years. This is the 24th time it will be conducted.
The Census is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
Responses are secure, and are completely confidential for 72 years under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.



Why should you complete the census?

Each year, the Federal Government distributes approximately $675 billion to the States.
South Carolina averages $7.1 billion in direct Federal aid to the State budget. That's approximately $1,468 per person. We can do better!
South Carolina also averages $59 billion in overall Federal aid. This includes Social Security, Disability, aid to Seniors and other categories. 
Our population is estimated to have grown by 12% from the last Census in 2010. If we don't get everyone counted, precious resources will be stretched THIN! 
The Census is used to determine distribution of federal resources to each state. Census data is also used to guide decision making for:
  • Where schools, libraries, fire stations and other public services are located
  • Allocation of resources for Medicaid, SNAP, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, Head Start and Highway Planning and Construction for the state of South Carolina.
  • How many seats are allocated to each state in the US House of Representatives. After the 2010 census, SC gained an additional seat to represent our growing population.
  • Data collected during the decennial census is mandated to confidential protection for 72 years. This means data cannot be used to impact any federal benefits a person receives.


How do you complete the census?

Every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census by April 1, 2020. There are three options for responding:


Complete the Census Online (with or without Census ID code)

Complete the Census by phone by dialing 844-330-2020

*Please be aware of the possibility of an online, email or phone scame from someone claiming to be from the US Census Bureau. Under no circumstances should you be asked to provide payment information or any personal identifiable information including Social Security #, Passport # or any proof of identity.

If you have a question or see false information about the 2020 Census or the U.S. Census Bureau, please email rumors@census.gov.

More information on potential scams and misinformation:

Census Resposes Not Tied to Stimulus Package

Live 5 News Be Counted But Don't Be Scammed by the 2020 Census

why is trident united way involved?

Trident United Way wants to be sure that every individual in the tri-county region is aware of the importance of the census, and feels comfortable completing it. We want our local communities to be receiving what they deserve and what is indicitive of the population.

There is only one chance every ten years to count each and every community member. If 100 people in your community aren’t counted, that represents more than $2.6M in federal resources that will be sent to other states instead of South Carolina over the course of the decade. We want everyone to count – one time – and in the right place!




2020 census resources

Complete the Census Online

Why Are They Asking That? What Everyone Needs to Know About 2020 Census Questions

Counting College Students

2020 Census Important Dates

Activities to educate kids on the 2020 Census

Cenus.gov FAQ page

Para información en Español



ABC News 4  "Lowcountry volunteers: millions on the line for South Carolina, census responses crucial" (1/16/2020)

Información en Español-Universal Latin News Charleston "Trident United Way Promueve Participación en el Censo" (1/17/2020)

News 2 "2020 Census takers wanted in the Lowcountry (2/10/2020)

Información en Español - El Informador Newspaper "La importancia de ser contados" (2/14/2020)



For questions on the 2020 Census and how to get involved in the TUW Complete Count Committee email Robert Doty at rdoty@tuw.org.