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Census 2020: An Accurate Count Matters

September 30 is the deadline for the 2020 Census. Respond online, by phone, or by mail and help ensure New Mexico obtains the funding it needs to thrive.

Visit the 2020 Census page for everything you need to know about the upcoming census.

2020 Census

What is the 2020 Census?

Every ten years, the census records everyone living in the United States. The census count is in our Constitution and has been part of our civic responsibilities since 1790. The census has shaped our nation and its population growth in fascinating ways. An accurate count is important to the future populations living in the U.S. To learn more and see the progression of the census since its inception, view a timeline of census history.

Why is the 2020 Census important to CNM and everyone living in New Mexico?

Your participation in the census impacts generations to come. An accurate count informs funding decisions in our community. The census count affects the number of representatives we have in Congress, funding for our roads, our schools, access to healthcare, and much more. Responding to the census is also required by law.

New Mexico loses almost $3,000 for every person who goes uncounted and could stand to lose out on some of the more than $6 billion in government funding that New Mexico is entitled to. Be counted! Respond to the call to participate in the 2020 Census.

New Mexico loses almost $3,000 for every person who goes uncounted [in the census]

Who is required to respond?

Everyone living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.

What does the U.S. Government do with my information?

After you provide your census response, your personal information is kept safe. By law, it can’t be shared with any other government agency, law enforcement, landlord, or employer. It’s much safer than the data stored on your phone!

How do I participate in the 2020 Census?

You can respond online, by phone, or by mail before or on September 30, 2020. If you haven’t responded yet, a census taker may visit your household soon to assist you. You can easily identify the census takers by their government ID badge and Census Bureau phone. Many census takers will also carry a bag with the Census Bureau logo. Due to COVID-19, all census takers will wear masks and follow public health guidelines when they visit.

The census taker will ask you a few questions like name, age, race, and sex for everyone living at your address. Your answers will be entered on their secure Census Bureau phone. If you’re not home when the census taker visits, they will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online or by phone.

By law, census takers must keep your answers confidential for life.


The 2020 Census is Hiring

The 2020 Census is looking for enumerators to help complete the count. You can find information about pay rates in your county by visiting the 2020 Census website.

Please apply! Competitive rates. Be part of history. Apply online or by calling (855) JOB-2020.