What You Need to Know About Responding to the 2020 Census

Plan to Respond When You Receive Your Invitation

Invitations will arrive between March 12-20 with instructions for responding online. Areas less likely to respond online will also receive a paper questionnaire.

Plan to include everyone you expect to live in your home on April 1.

You can respond online or by phone in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more. If you need help completing the 2020 Census, you can call a toll-free phone number.

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What to Look for in the Mail

2020 Census Mailing Envelope

Ninety-five percent of households will receive an initial invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in the mail. Depending on how likely your area is to respond online, you’ll receive either an invitation encouraging you to respond online or an invitation along with a paper questionnaire.

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2010 Census Response Rates Map

Response Rates

The Census Bureau is tracking self-response rates nationwide to help ensure a complete and accurate count.

The preview map currently displays 2010 Census self-response rates as a reference point for states, counties, cities, and census tracts around the country. Users will be able to use the map to track their community’s progress in responding to the 2020 Census.

Non-English Language Support

Non-English Language Support

The Census Bureau offers more language support for the decennial census than ever before – online, by phone, and by mail. People can respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone in 12 languages, in addition to English.