Information from the City of Des Moines:


The U.S. Constitution mandates that every ten years, every person within the United States be counted in a nationwide census. The census takes place in spring 2020. The goal is to count every person living in the U.S. wherever they are living on April 1, 2020 (all ages, regardless of immigration or housing status).

We want to make sure everyone in Des Moines is counted in 2020!

Completing the census will help ensure a better future for Des Moines citizens by providing more resources for our community and a voice for you in government. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy.

What to Expect
For the first time ever, the government will be requesting that households respond to the Census online. In the near future, your household will be receiving a notice from the U.S. Census Bureau that contains instructions for completing the survey. Please look out for the letter and keep it so that you can participate. Here’s what to expect:

    • You will receive a letter of invitation from the U.S. Census Bureau to respond online or an invitation to complete the paper questionnaire.
    • Most communities in the country will be encouraged to respond online.
    • Communities that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire in addition to targeted outreach.
    • Households that do not respond online will receive an in-person follow-up. Census personnel will wear clear identification that they work for the U.S. Census.

Additional resources are here:

To complete your 2020 census: