The 2020 Census Speaks More Languages

The 2020 Census Speaks More Languages

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As invitations to respond to the 2020 Census begin hitting mailboxes this week, the U.S. Census Bureau wants you to know you can respond in more languages than ever before. In fact, over 99% of the nation’s households will be able to respond to the once-a-decade population count online or by phone in the language they speak at home.

Census invitations arriving between March 12 and March 20 will include an insert in the 12 non-English languages inviting people to respond online or by phone in their language.

About 13 million households, roughly 9%, will receive invitations in both English and Spanish. Households in areas less likely to respond online will also receive a paper questionnaire with the initial invitation.

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The Census Bureau is providing video guides narrated in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, to help people respond online, and print guides written in the 59 non-English languages to help people complete the English paper questionnaire. Guides are also available in Braille and large print English.

Additionally, beginning March 12, the Census Bureau will offer live, non-English help by phone between 7 a.m. – 2 a.m. ET.

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