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2020 United States census

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The 2020 United States census was the 24th decennial United States census. Census Day, the reference day used for the census, was April 1, 2020. Other than a pilot study during the 2000 census,[1] this was the first U.S. census to offer options to respond online or by phone, in addition to the paper response form used for previous censuses.[2]

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Twenty-fourth census of the United States

 2010 April 1, 2020 2030 

Seal of the U.S. Census Bureau
General information
CountryUnited States
Census topics
  • People and population
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Families and living arrangements
  • Health
  • Education
  • Business and economy
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Income and poverty
AuthorityU.S. Census Bureau
Total population331,449,281 (Increase 7.4%)
Most populous stateCalifornia (39,538,223)
Least populous stateWyoming (576,851)

The census was taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected its administration. The census recorded a resident population of 331,449,281 in the 50 states and the national capital of Washington, D.C., reflecting an increase of 7.4 percent, or 22,703,743, over that of 2010.[3] The growth rate was the second-lowest ever recorded, and the net increase was the sixth highest in history. This was the first census where the 10 most-populous states each surpassed 10 million residents, and the first census where the 10 most-populous cities each surpassed 1 million residents.

This census' data determined the electoral votes' distribution for the scheduled 2024 United States presidential election.

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