Policy Offices

2020 Census: Oregon Counts!


Governor Kate Brown Statement

The decennial (2020) census is the foundation of our democracy and an integral component to making sure that families across Oregon have the resources they need to thrive. As Governor, I am committed to working with both public and private partners across Oregon to make sure we have a fair and accurate census. From more dollars for our schools and hospitals to ensuring our roads are safe and well kept, the census has a profound and significant effect in the everyday lives of all Oregonians. An accurate census not only allows us to have better representation in congress but it also tells the story of Oregon – who we are and where we are going. Make yourself count in 2020!

What is the census?

The U.S. Constitution mandates a headcount of everyone residing in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas of the United States every 10 years. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens, and noncitizens. Census data is used to determine the distribution of congressional seats to a state, number of electoral votes, state redistricting and the allocation of an estimated 800 billion dollars a year for Medicare, schools, roads and other public institutions and services.

Changes to the 2020 Census

  • First cyber census – Individuals will have the option to complete a census self-response form via mail, phone and online.
  • Clarification of opposite-sex or same-sex spouse of partner (specific boxes have been added to the relationship question).
  • Minor changes to race question (maintaining 1997 OMB standards).
  • Citizenship question (pending)