What to Expect
March - Watch out for an informational packet in the mail from the Census.
April 1st - Is Census Day. Every household should have received their information packet.
Throughout April - If your response has not been received, additional mailings will be sent out to remind you to respond.
May - If your response has not been received, Census workers may knock on your door to help you complete the census.
Completing the Census
Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau.
The 2020 Census will be available online, by phone, and by mail.
Online and phone responses can be completed in 13 languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese).
A paper form will be mailed to every house that hasn’t responded already when we send our fourth mail piece out.
Confidentiality and Privacy
During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:
- Your Social Security number.
- Money or donations.
- Anything on behalf of a political party.
- Your bank or credit card account numbers.
The law prevents the Census Bureau from sharing your information with law enforcement. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to protect your personal information and keep it strictly confidential.
Your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits.
Your answers are only used to create statistics about our country.
The Census is used to determine whether communities get enough funding for everything from housing to schools to roads to natural disaster recovery funds to small business grants.
When you respond to the Census, you help your community get its fair share of the more than $800 billion per year in federal funds!
Official Census Websites
Toolkits / Materials
Counting Native Americans
Counting the Homeless
People who are living in emergency and transitional shelters that provide sleeping facilities for people experiencing homelessness should be counted at the shelter.
Counting Young Children
It is important to remember to count any children who are living with you. This includes:
All children who live in your home, including foster children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and the children of friends (even if they are living with you temporarily).
Children who split their time between homes, if they are living with you on April 1, 2020.
Newborn babies, even those who are born on April 1, 2020, or who are still in the hospital on this date.