Census 2020

A Message about the 2020 Census

As our nation, city and School District work to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that a complete and accurate 2020 Census is more important than ever. Promoting a complete census is now part of our advocacy strategy to ensure the District receives all funding and financial assistance available in order to ensure that Philadelphia students and communities get what they need to thrive.The results will determine funding for many critical programs and supports like special education, school meals, and health and housing assistance. It will take all of us to ensure that every Philadelphian is counted in 2020!

Please use the resources on this page to equip yourself to become a Census Champion. Here’s how:

  • Educate yourself by understanding the challenges that Philadelphia faces and the ways that the Census is currently under attack.
  • Advocate for a fair and complete census.
  • Volunteer to take action and to help your neighbors complete the Census.
  • Share the facts and spread the word.

Let’s work together to make a difference for our students, schools and communities by ensuring everyone is counted in the 2020 Census!

Click to complete the Census now!

Census Did You Know? Video

The Challenge We Face


  • The School District of Philadelphia is already predicting a revenue shortfall over the next five years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased costs needed to convert to a remote operation and fund our schools.
  •  Historically, Philadelphia has a citywide challenge with low response rates.
  • The city’s field budget to support census-taking was slashed to $0 in 2020.
  • The 2020 Census relies heavily on web-based systems for job training and census-taking. Philly’s digital/internet access rate is only 71.4%.


  • The self-response and enumeration window will now close on Sept. 30th, 1 month earlier than previously announced.
  • The President has threatened that non-citizens will be removed from final census reports, which will affect the final count and therefore the allocation of federal representation. This is unconstitutional, but has already succeeded in deterring many from completing the census.

How You Can Help

Complete: Click the button at the top of this page to complete the 2020 Census online if you haven’t done so already.

Educate: Understand the Census basics by reviewing the Fast Facts document and resources below. Teachers can use the resources for schools below to integrate Census information into your virtual lessons.

Advocate: Call 1-888-374-4269, enter your zip code, and leave a message for your Senator urging him or her to advocate for the extension of the legal deadlines for the 2020 Census and demand that the Census Bureau continue collecting all data through October 30th as initially scheduled. You can find a sample script here.

Volunteer: Connect with Philly Counts to make phone calls to households that have not yet completed the census and help them make a plan to complete it. Click here to learn more and sign up.

Share: Promote the 2020 Census on social media. You can find social media graphics and sample messages here.