U.S. Census 2020

Census 2020

Stand Up - Be Counted


The 2020 Census | Respond: Online | By Phone | By Mail |

Avoiding Fraud and Scams | Further Reading

 

Below, we’ve compiled information and resources about the 2020 federal Census. This page is by no means exhaustive. If you have questions, email ref@flwlib.org or contact the Census Bureau at 844-330-2020.

 

The 2020 Census 

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a census of every person living in the United States. In 2020, the Census is more accessible than ever!

Beginning in mid-March, the Census Bureau mailed invitations to respond to households throughout the US. You’re encouraged to respond online, by phone, or by mail.

If you have not responded by the end of May, you’ll receive a visit from a Census Bureau worker, who will ask you the census questions in person.

Completing the Census is critical! Census data determines which communities receive funding for important infrastructure like schools and hospitals. State legislatures use Census data to draw Congressional maps. And we, your library, use it to serve you better! 

So be counted! Read on to find out how.

 

Responding Online

Click here to start the Census questionnaire. Keep in mind that you cannot save your progress: you must complete the questionnaire in one sitting, or start over later. It takes about 15 minutes.

The Census questionnaire is available in a number of languages, including Spanish, Chinese, and Russian. Click on a language near the bottom of the screen to switch to that language. 

If you’ve received your invitation to respond, you’ll find a 12-digit Census ID inside. Enter that ID in the provided boxes and then click “Login” to begin. 

If you have not received your invitation to respond, you can still respond online. Click on “If you do not have a Census ID, click here” underneath the “Login” button.

If you think another member of your household may have completed the questionnaire already, you should fill it out anyway. The Census Bureau is prepared for duplicates.

If you need help, call 844-330-2020 or read the Bureau’s Help page.

  

Responding by Phone

Call 844-330-2020 to complete the Census questionnaire in English over the phone. Phone lines are open daily from 6AM to 1AM.

There are separate phone lines for other languages, including Spanish, Chinese, and Russian. Click here and scroll down to Language Support to see the phone numbers for each language. 

If you’ve received your invitation to respond, you’ll be asked for your 12-digit Census ID. If you have not received your invitation to respond, you’ll be asked for your address. 

If you think another member of your household may have completed the questionnaire already, you should call to fill it out anyway. The Census Bureau is prepared for duplicates.

If you need help, call 844-330-2020 or read the Bureau’s Help page.


Responding by Mail

If, by the middle of April, you have not completed your questionnaire online or by phone, you’ll receive a paper questionnaire in the mail. Follow the instructions on the questionnaire or on the Bureau’s Help page to complete and return the form. 

Click here to read the English guide for responding to the Census. Guides in a number of other languages, including Spanish, Chinese, and Russian, are available here

If you think another member of your household may have completed the questionnaire already, you should call to fill it out anyway. The Census Bureau is prepared for duplicates. 

If you need help, call 844-330-2020 or read the Bureau’s Help page

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Avoiding Fraud and Scams

Avoiding Census Scams and Hoaxes
Click here to read more from the Census Bureau about Census fraud and scams. 

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Further Reading 

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