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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.



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.

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.

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.

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

Get involved


Nothing from March 29, 2020 to June 29, 2020.