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In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

Your Census Questions Answered

Dates to Remember
March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations.

April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond, tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.

May - July:
 Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

December:
 The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

March 31, 2021: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

FAQ

How does the Census Help Our Communities

The 2020 Census helps ensure that our community receives its fair share of government funding. Census data directly affect how much money is allocated for infrastructure: such as neighborhood improvements, emergency preparedness and disaster recovery, public health, education, transportation, senior services and much more.

How do I respond to the Census?

2020 materials will be mailed to your residence beginning in March 2020. You’ll have the option of responding online, by phone, or by mail.

What questions are asked on the Census?

You will be asked four general questions about the household:

  • If the housing unit is owned or rented
  • Telephone number
  • How many people live in the residence
  • If any additional people who lived at the residence on April 1, 2020, were not included

Each household member will be asked:

  • Name
  • Sex
  • Age/date of birth
  • Relationship to the person who owns or rents this residence
  • Hispanic origin
  • Race
  • Does this person sometimes live or stay somewhere else

Will the Census be available in various languages?

Yes. You can respond online in English and in 12 additional languages: Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.
The online questionnaire conforms with the latest web accessibility guidelines. There will also be a video in American Sign Language to guide you through responding online.
You can respond by phone in English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Japanese.
The paper form can be completed in English or Spanish.

For General Questions
Visit the Census Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, or call 800-923-8282.
For information on services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: Call the TTY number at 800-877-8339 to reach the Federal Relay Service.