Why the Census is Important

Required by our Constitution, the census counts every resident of the United States and has been conducted every ten years since 1790. Census results determine the distribution of more than $675 billion of federal funds, how many people we get to elect to Congress to represent Wisconsin, and where lines are drawn for federal, state and local elected official's districts. The census impacts YOU every day! Learn more


Q: Is the census safe and confidential?
A: Yes. Strict federal law protects your census responses. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 yea​rs, or both.

Get Involved!

Local Complete Count Committees (CCC) are forming across the state to raise awareness about the census.​

Create or join your local complete count committee! Learn more about CCCs here.

Census Jobs

The Census Bureau is hiring and wants you to be part of the team! Click here​ to check out the opportunities. ​

A Message from Governor Evers

On April 1, 2020, our nation will mark its 24th census. In a process mandated by our Constitution and carried out every ten years since 1790, we will count every single living person in the United States, collecting the data that will guide our civic life for the next ten years.

For Wisconsin, this census will produce both a report card on where we’re at and a road map to where we’re ​going. Census results enable leaders at every level of our government to make better decisions, help bring billions of federal tax dollars back home to Wisconsin each year, and ensure our state receives the representation we deserve in Washington.

That’s why participating in the census is so important. The census isn’t just a headcount—it’s about visibility, voice, and value. 

From helping to make sure our kids and aging and older adults can get the help and services they need in their communities, to helping us plan roads, bridges and other infrastructure needs across our state, to en​suring our electoral maps are fair and that every person’s voice and vote are counted just like their neighbor’s, the census informs our daily lives and decisions that contribute to our state’s future success.

Filling out the census questionnaire is quick, free, and easy, and we all have to do our part to make sure our family members, friends, and neighbors are counted so we can keep Wisconsin moving forward, together.

      Tony Evers, Governor