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Census 2020

Information about the 2020 Census by the United States Government

Census 101

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What is the Census?

According to the United States Constitution, the US government must conduct a formal count of everyone in the United States every 10 years. This count is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

How is the Census Data Used?

How Do I Take the Census?

How will you be invited to participate?

Between March 12-March 20, most households will receive in the mail an invitation to participate along with information on how to respond online or by phone. Households in areas less likely to respond online may also receive paper questionnaires at this time, along with an invitation to respond online or by phone.

If you have not responded, periodic reminders will be mailed until April 3.

If you have still not responded, a reminder and paper questionnaire will be delivered by mail between April 8-April 16.

Final reminders will be mailed between April 20-April 27. After that, the Census Bureau will follow up in person.

What questions are on the form?

A sample form is available from the Census Bureau.

Important note: there is no question about citizenship.


The person completing the form will be asked:

  • “How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020?”
  • “Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2020 that you did not include in Question 1?”
  • “Is this house, apartment, or mobile home owned by you or someone in the home / rented / occupied without payment of rent?"
  • Telephone number
  • Name
  • Sex
  • Age & Date of birth
  • Hispanic origin
  • Race

Questions about additional people in the household are:

  • Name
  • Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else?
  • Relationship to Person 1
  • Sex
  • Age & Date of birth
  • Hispanic origin
  • Race