2020 Census

The Importance of Completing the 2020 Census

The decennial census is important for all REALTORS® because completing the 2020 census means more resources for businesses and communities across the country.

The decennial census is a population count that is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to take place every 10 years in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. This year the census will take place beginning in mid-March. The U.S. Census Bureau, a section of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is responsible for oversight and administration of the census. The population count is conducted using a census survey that asks every household detailed information so that the federal government and state governments can better learn about communities throughout the country. The 2020 census can be completed by phone at 1-844-330-2020, by mail, or online at 2020census.gov from mid-March until October 31, 2020.

The census is important for all REALTORS® because completing the 2020 census means more resources for businesses and communities across the country. The data is also used for redistricting purposes and for reapportionment, to ensure fair representation in Congress. Last fall, NAR launched its Census Awareness Campaign to ensure that all 1.4 million REALTOR® members are informed about the upcoming census and to encourage all members to complete the 2020 census. Additionally, NAR has published an online Census Guide to help members, stakeholders, and state and local associations to learn more about the impact of the census.

For more additional information about the census, please visit 2020census.gov.

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Resources for Members and Associations

REALTOR® Party Resources for State and Local Associations

Please visit realtorparty.realtor/census to find out how your association can be engaged on this issue.

REALTORS® can sign up for REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts using the form below or by texting the word REALTORS to 30644.

Infographics

2020 Census and Housing

Infographic
Download this infographic to print or share in reference to housing data for the 2020 Census.

Videos

Latest News

NAR 2020 Census Webinar

On March 4, NAR hosted a webinar with the U.S. Census Bureau on the importance of this year's decennial census and how census data are used.

Watch the recorded webinar

Download the presentation slides (PDF: 2 MB)

NAR Attends Census Hearing

NAR staff attended a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the upcoming decennial census.

NAR Attends Census Bureau Press Event

NAR attended the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 Census Advertising and Outreach Campaign press event in D.C. with Bureau Director Steven Dillingham.