Most households in the continental United States will receive a mailed invitation from the U.S. Census Bureau asking residents to complete the census questionnaire online. The invitations will include a code that must be used when completing the questionnaire.
For areas with low internet connectivity or other characteristics that make it less likely the respondents will complete the census questionnaire online, the Census Bureau will send a paper questionnaire.
This is the 2020 schedule:
March 12-20: The first invitation will be mailed.
March 16-24: A reminder letter will be mailed.
If you haven't responded yet:
March 26 - April 3: A reminder postcard will be mailed.
April 8-16: A reminder letter and questionnaire will be mailed.
April 20-27: A final reminder postcard will be mailed.
The door-to-door enumeration campaign will begin in May and continue through the summer.
Local governments and agencies can provide facilities for people to fill out their form. We can provide assistance in reading the form, but we cannot instruct anyone on how to answer the questions.
*What Will I Be Asked?*
As required by the Census Act, the U.S. Census Bureau submitted a list of questions to Congress on March 29, 2018. Based on that list, the 2020 Census will ask:
* *How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020. *This will help us count the countrys population and ensure that we count people once, only once, and in the right place according to where they live on Census Day.
* *Whether the home is owned or rented.* This will help us produce statistics about homeownership and renters. The rates of homeownership serve as one indicator of the nations economy. They also help in administering housing programs and informing planning decisions.
* *About the age of each person in the household.* Similar to the recording of other demographic data such as the race and sex of each person, the U.S. Census Bureau creates statistics to better understand the size and characteristics of different age groups. Agencies use this data to plan and fund government programs that support specific age groups, including children and older populations.
*What Won't I Be Asked?*
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.
If you've been asked to provide any of these, please report it here.