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Participate in the 2020 Census and Help Fund Schools


Did you know?  Federal funding that Washington State receives for vital public services is impacted by the results of the national census. The 2020 Census can shape many aspects of our community -- schools, health clinics, fire departments, roads and highways. And, it determines how many seats in Congress will represent our state.


In 2019 alone, Washington schools received billions of dollars in federal funding based on census data, including:

  • $242 million in Title I Grants
  • $230 million in Special Education Grants
  • $201 million in funding for the National School Lunch Program and much more.


The U.S. Census happens once every 10 years as mandated by the U.S. Constitution (since 1790!) April 1 is Census Day. It is the key reference date for counting, not a deadline. When you respond, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home. You can respond before or after this date. (If you respond sooner than later, a census taker won’t need to visit your home.)


Watch this video to learn more. 


To participate:  You may have already received information from the U.S. Census Bureau in the postal mail (sent in March) with directions for completing the form by mail. You can also participate online or by phone. Find more information at It's quick, it’s easy, and will helps ensure our students and schools get the support they deserve.


The Snoqualmie Valley Record recently shared helpful details on participation options, excerpted here:


You may have already received a letter in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau inviting you to take the census online, by phone, or by mail, but here’s a quick summary of your options:


  • The fastest way to complete the census is online by heading to Taking the census online will require your unique 12-digit Census ID Number included on the letter you received from the Census Bureau before April 1. If you did not receive a letter, or did not record your Census ID number, you can still take the census by first clicking the link found underneath the census “login” button.
  • To complete the census over the phone, call 844-330-2020 between 4 a.m. and 11 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. There are a number of phone lines available to complete the census in a language other than English; for example, Spanish speakers can call 844-468-2020. For a list of languages, go to
  • Mailed census forms will arrive automatically to your home if you did not participate in the census either online or by phone. You may still fill out the census any way you wish. To respond by mail, send the census questionnaire back to the U.S. Census Bureau, National Processing Center, 1201 E 10th St., Jeffersonville, IN 47132.