Visit the HoCoCounts 2020 Census Dashboard


 Click above to visit our census dashboard, which shows real-time information on census completion throughout Howard County.


What is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a count of every person living in the United States every ten years as required by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2. The data collected by the census determines the number of seats Maryland has in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

In other words, Maryland currently has 8 Congressional representatives, but if the census determines our population has increased, it could mean Maryland would need to add a ninth representative. 


Why does the census matter to me? 

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.  Census data is used to determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed back to states and local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including health care, jobs, schools, roads and businesses through programs like Medicaid, SNAP, Head Start and Highway Planning and Construction. 

When people aren't counted, that translates to $1821 per person. Over a 10-year span, that is approximately $18,250 per person, in reduced services. 

The information collected from the census is used for everything from how we determine the number of congressional seats to how we allocate billions of dollars in federal resources, particularly important for minority and immigrant communities.


Is my data secure? 

Yes, your data is protected by law and cannot be shared with anyone, including other government agencies. The Census Bureau is required to keep all information confidential and use it only to produce statistics. In order for each community to obtain the resources it needs, every count matters. 


How can I be counted? 

Sometime after March 12, 2020, each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire - online, by phone, or by mail. Those who do not respond will receive follow up communications after April 1, including door-to-door outreach by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.


Why is Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services involved?

Federal officials conduct the census, but planning departments at the state and local level are responsible for raising awareness and conducting outreach through a Complete Count Committee. Your local committee is appointed by the county executive and comprised of local officials and community leaders who assist with these efforts. 

It is in your hands to be counted. We need all those who live and work in our community to participate in the 2020 Census.



Contact 410.313.6325 or email [email protected]

“The Census count will be critical to understanding the updated picture of our community, the needs of all our residents, and the future of our service to the public. We are a data-informed government, and the Census gives valuable insight into our needs for education, housing, transportation, healthcare, and more."

-- Dr. Calvin Ball




#HoCoCounts Upcoming Meeting Schedule

4-Feb  Complete Count Committee Meeting
3-Mar Complete Count Committee Meeting
7-Apr  Complete Count Committee Meeting


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