Philly Counts 2020

Ensuring that every Philadelphian is counted in the 2020 Census.

About

Philly Counts 2020 is the City’s effort to support the next United States Census. By working closely with community members and partners, this program aims to:

  • Increase understanding about the importance of the census.
  • Educate the public on how to participate.
  • Ensure responses from the public for a fair and accurate count.
  • Support filling census jobs.

The program is guided by the Complete Count Committee. Led by Mayor Kenney, this group provides recommendations and focuses on historically hard-to-count areas of the City.

Connect

Email census@phila.gov

Why the census matters

Every 10 years, the United States Constitution requires a count (or "census") of all residents. The census collects details on the entire country’s population. This information is used to:

  • Determine representation in Congress.
  • Distribute more than $675 billion in federal funding to states and communities.
  • Allocate resources for job creation, housing, infrastructure, and more.

In this way, the census significantly impacts Philadelphia and its communities. A complete and accurate count is vital.

Responding to the census

The Constitution mandates that all people be counted every 10 years. You should respond to the census regardless of your immigration status, housing insecurity, age, race, or ability.

It is important to know that all census data is protected by federal law and is used for statistical purposes only. It cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

1
You’ll receive a postcard in the mail from the Census Bureau.

In March 2020, you will receive a postcard in the mail. You can use the code on the postcard to respond to the survey online. If you prefer, you can call the number on the postcard and submit your responses over the phone. These are the best ways to be included in the count for your neighborhood.

2
Fill out the survey.

The survey should take about 30 minutes to complete. You can respond to the Census online or by phone in 12 different languages.

3
Respond by April 1.

Respond to the census promptly and encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same.

If you do not respond to the postcard, additional steps will be taken to ensure you are counted. These steps include mailing a paper form and knocking on your door to offer in-person assistance. If you have any trouble completing the survey, you should email census@phila.gov.

Get involved

Events

  • Dec
    11
    Parkway Central Library - Census Champion Training - English
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Parkway Central Library - Census Champion Training - English

    December 11, 2019
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 2 hours
    Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
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    A 90-minute unique, in-depth training to become a Census Champion, a trusted messenger equipped with the knowledge and tools to accurately and effectively answer questions and raise awareness about the 2020 Census. Our Census Champions will become a part of a team that will share critical information to educate the public about the Census through a grassroots, neighbor-to-neighbor strategy. The first 30 minutes will be for registration and networking. 

    Language: English

    Register here: https://secure.everyaction.com/va5ziJWiYkyljrbG6CH1zg2  
  • Jan
    8
    Parkway Central Library - Census Champion Training - English
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Parkway Central Library - Census Champion Training - English

    January 8, 2020
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 2 hours
    Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
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    A 90-minute unique, in-depth training to become a Census Champion, a trusted messenger equipped with the knowledge and tools to accurately and effectively answer questions and raise awareness about the 2020 Census. Our Census Champions will become a part of a team that will share critical information to educate the public about the Census through a grassroots, neighbor-to-neighbor strategy. The first 30 minutes will be registration and networking. 

    Language: English 

    Register here:  https://secure.everyaction.com/IO3gRxm8pkaTdiUYpkAcRw2
  • Jan
    9
    Philadelphia Senior Center - Census Champion Training - English
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

    Philadelphia Senior Center - Census Champion Training - English

    January 9, 2020
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, 2 hours
    Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
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    A 90-minute unique, in-depth training to become a Census Champion, a trusted messenger equipped with the knowledge and tools to accurately and effectively answer questions and raise awareness about the 2020 Census. Our Census Champions will become a part of a team that will share critical information to educate the public about the Census through a grassroots, neighbor-to-neighbor strategy.


    Language: English

    Register herehttps://secure.everyaction.com/3YY1GJwqTEqZjLhjHSUTWw2
  • Jan
    10
    Center in the Park - Census Champion Training - English
    9:30 am to 11:00 am
    5818 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA

    Center in the Park - Census Champion Training - English

    January 10, 2020
    9:30 am to 11:00 am, 2 hours
    5818 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA
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    A 90-minute unique, in-depth training to become a Census Champion, a trusted messenger equipped with the knowledge and tools to accurately and effectively answer questions and raise awareness about the 2020 Census. Our Census Champions will become a part of a team that will share critical information to educate the public about the Census through a grassroots, neighbor-to-neighbor strategy. The first 30 minutes will be registration and networking.

    Language: English

    Register here: https://secure.everyaction.com/5Y3Hg7vcJ0WJShB_aKsMHw2 
  • Feb
    12
    Parkway Central Library - Census Champion Training - English
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Parkway Central Library - Census Champion Training - English

    February 12, 2020
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 2 hours
    Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    map
    A 90-minute unique, in-depth training to become a Census Champion, a trusted messenger equipped with the knowledge and tools to accurately and effectively answer questions and raise awareness about the 2020 Census. Our Census Champions will become a part of a team that will share critical information to educate the public about the Census through a grassroots, neighbor-to-neighbor strategy. The first 30 minutes will be registration and networking.

    Language: English

    Register herehttps://secure.everyaction.com/gt8oz_CYT0itXXM8vorHjw2

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