Shape your future. Start Here. United States Census 2020
Shape your future. Start Here. United States Census 2020
Shape your future. Start Here. United States Census 2020
Shape your future. Start Here. United States Census 2020
Shape your future. Start Here. United States Census 2020
Shape your future. Start Here. United States Census 2020
Shape your future. Start Here. United States Census 2020
Shape your future. Start Here. United States Census 2020
Shape your future. Start Here. United States Census 2020

How the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond

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Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail or by phone.

Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census from either a postal worker or a census worker.

95% of households will receive their census invitation in the mail.

Household Invitations Map

 

Almost 5% of households will receive their census invitation when a census taker drops it off. In these areas, the majority of households may not receive mail at their home’s physical location (like households that use PO boxes or areas recently affected by natural disasters).
Less than 1% of households will be counted in person by a census taker, instead of being invited to respond on their own. The Census Bureau will do this in very remote areas like parts of northern Maine, remote Alaska and in select American Indian areas that ask to be counted in person.

Note: The Bureau has special procedures to count people who don’t live in households, such as students living in university housing or people experiencing homelessness.

What to Expect in the Mail

When it’s time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail.

Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail or by phone.

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.

Letter Invitation
  • Most areas of the country are likely to respond online, so most households will receive a letter asking you to go online to complete the census questionnaire.
  • The Bureau will work with the U.S. Postal Service to stagger the delivery of these invitations over several days. This way they can spread out the number of users responding online, and they will be able to serve you better if you need help over the phone.
Letter Invitation and Paper Questionnaire
  • Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with their invitation. The invitation will also include information about how to respond online or by phone.

WHAT THE CENSUS BUREAU WILL SEND IN THE MAIL
On or between You'll receive:
March 12-20

An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census.

(Some households will also receive paper questionnaires.)

March 16-24 A reminder letter.
  If you haven't responded yet:
March 26-April 3 A reminder postcard.
April 8-16 A reminder letter and paper questionnaire.
April 20-27 A final reminder postcard before they follow up in person.
The Bureau understands you might miss the initial letter in the mail.
  • Every household that hasn’t already responded will receive reminders and will eventually receive a paper questionnaire.
  • It doesn’t matter which initial invitation you get or how you get it—the Bureau will follow up in person with all households that don’t respond.