Census 2020

The 2020 Census is here!  While public events and gatherings are on hold due to COVID-19, it has never been easier to fill out the census from the comfort of your own home.  Visit my2020census.gov today to complete the census.  Text, tweet, Facebook, email, or call your friends and family to tell them to complete their census too.

  1. Receive a letter invitation in the mail (see the envelope and the letter from the Census Bureau)
  2. Go to the website listed in the letter on your computer or smartphone, or call the Census Bureau
  3. Fill out your census information
Madison census self-response rate maps as of July 31, 2020 by percent of households and by number of households.

Hear from Mayor Satya, Council President Bidar, Rep. Shelia Stubbs, and community leaders on why the 2020 Census is so important: 


The census is a nationwide count of the country's population that is mandated to occur every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution. The City of Madison, like many units of government and organizations across the country, is undertaking a community outreach effort to explain why this national effort for a complete and accurate count of residents is important locally.

Make sure and be counted in 2020 because:

The Census is important for representation
Political district boundaries are based on the census. Everyone living in the US (not just citizens) must be counted to ensure equal representation at all levels of government.

The Census is important for funding
The census count affects state and federal funding for our community over the next decade. $675 billion in annual federal funding is tied to the census. Every person who is not counted may result in a loss of over $2,000 in funding per year.

It's easy
The census form includes nine questions about each person's age, gender, race, and relationship to householder. It should take less than 10 minutes to fill out for most households.  You will be able to fill out the census form online, over the phone, by paper, or in person.

It's safe
All data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau is confidential and may only be used for statistical purposes.  It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies any individual or business to any government agency or person outside the Census Bureau.  This means any personally identifiable census information is prohibited from being shared with law enforcement, courts, landlords, credit agencies, or anyone else outside the Census Bureau. 


The City of Madison’s Complete Count Committee is working hard to make sure everyone gets counted in the 2020 Census!

Complete Count Committee

From left to right: Corinda Rainey-Moore, Kids Forward; Taryn Johnson, Madison Metropolitan School District; Juli Aulik, UW Health; Shelia Stubbs, State Assembly – District 77 (CCC Chair); Sheesenphooyw Moua, Freedom Inc.; Barbara Harrington-McKinney, City Council – District 1; Brenda González, UW Madison (CCC Vice Chair).  Not pictured: Andrew Statz, Madison Metropolitan School District; Greg Bump, UW Madison; Nina Gehan, Centro Hispano; Robin Sereno, Tenant Resource Center. 

Last Updated: 09/22/2020

Subscribe to Email List

Subscribe to the 2020 Census email list:

By participating on this list the Wisconsin Public Records Laws may subject your email address to disclosure to third parties. By selecting "Yes" you are requesting that we treat your email address that you have provided to this list as confidential and you are also stating that you would not participate in this service if the City is obligated to release your email address to such third party requesters.

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Upcoming Census Meetings & Events

Census Bureau Mobile Questionnaire Assistance


Tuesday, 9/22

  • City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 9am-4pm
  • Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St., 2-5pm

Thursday, 9/24

  • The River Food Pantry, 2201 Darwin Rd., 9:30am-3pm

Friday, 9/25

  • Breese Stevens Field, 917 East Mifflin St., 5-7pm


Census @ Democracy in the Park – Saturday, 9/26

  • Warner
  • Windom Way
  • Reindahl
  • Worthington
  • Hiestand
  • Elver
  • Marlborough
  • Penn


Complete Count Committee - September 22nd at 4pm


Project Contact

Ben Zellers

Planning Division

City of Madison