Philly Counts 2020

Ensuring that every Philadelphian is counted in the 2020 Census.


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.

Community Response Captain Program

In April, Philly Counts launched the COVID-19 Community Response Captain Program. Similar to the Census Champion Training Program, Community Response Captains will be trained to provide support in their communities during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Below you will find the most updated resources:



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 $1.5 trillion 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.

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

In March 2020, you should have received a postcard in the mail. You can use the code on the postcard to respond to the survey online. Don’t worry if you didn’t receive the postcard; you can fill out the census without the code. Go to and complete the 2020 Census.

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.

Fill out the survey.

The 2020 Census should take about 10 minutes to complete. You can respond to the census online or by phone in 12 different languages.

Respond by September 30.

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

If you do not respond, 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

Get involved


Nothing from January 21, 2021 to April 21, 2021.