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Posted on: July 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Still Time to Complete the 2020 Census

2020 Census

The Linn County Complete Count Committee wants to remind all residents to complete the 2020 Census by October 31, 2020 in order to be counted. The census is held once every ten years to get an accurate count of all people living in the United States, determining funding for public resources and state representation in Congress. The self-response period was extended to October after impacts of COVID-19 slowed Census Bureau field operations.  

Ways to Respond

  • For the first time, the census can be taken online at
  • Residents can also respond to the census by calling the U.S. Census Bureau:
    • 844-330-2020 for English
    • 844-468-2020 for Spanish 
    • Additional hotlines in multiple languages can be found HERE 

How the Census Benefits Your Community

Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Communities that are undercounted are disadvantaged both economically and politically. All residents, regardless of age, race, citizenship, or background, should be counted to help ensure Iowa receives the funding and representation it needs to meet the needs of all its residents. 

Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

Census Forms

The 2020 census questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and your information is safe, secure, and protected by federal law. The census form will ask you for information about any person living in your household as of April 1, 2020, including their relationship to each other, race, and sex. There is no citizenship question on the 2020 census. See all the questions on the census form and an explanation of why they are asked HERE.  

The Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers
  • Your citizenship status
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Money or donations



The Linn County Complete Count Committee is comprised of representatives from the following organizations: City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, City of Marion, Cedar Rapids Public Library, Catherine McAuley Center, and United Way of East Central Iowa. For information on you can help encourage Linn County residents to participate in the census, please email the committee at [email protected].  

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