What You Should Know

What to Expect in 2020

In March 2020, your household will receive an invitation to participate in the Census. You'll have three options to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. Census Day is April 1, 2020. 

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How the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond

Who Counts on My Census? 

To ensure a complete and accurate count, the Census Bureau counts people at their usual residence, which is the place where they live and sleep most of the time, with a few exceptions. People who do not have a usual residence should be counted where they are on Census Day (April 1, 2020).

The Census Bureau has special procedures to count people who live in more complex situations, including:

  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Students
  • People in correctional facilities
  • Service members
  • People living in shelters

Find out more about Who to Count on My Census

Census Workers in my Neighborhood

Starting in 2019, you may begin to notice census takers in your neighborhood. This is a normal part of the 2020 Census preparation and data collection process. Census field representatives will also continue to collect information for the American Community Survey (ACS) and other ongoing surveys. 

Learn more about Census workers, including how to verify the identify of a Census Worker

Partner with Us

Your business, church, school, or non-profit agency can help make sure we get an full count. Learn more...

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