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Information on the 2020 Census

FAQs

Q: Why is the Census important? 

A: Census population statistics determine each state's number of representatives in Congress and the Electoral College. Federal fund amounts are also determined by Census data. State legislative districts are also determined by data gathered from the Census.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census every ten years, and the very first census was in 1790. 

Q. What information will be requested?

A: Basic information about the people living in your household.

The Census will never ask for social security numbers, credit card numbers or money.

Q. Do I have to take part in the census?

A. Yes. Response to the census is required by law (Title 13 of the U.S. Code). If you do not respond, a Census field representative will visit you to complete the questionnaire.

Q. In what languages will the online form be available? 
A: English, as well as Arabic, Chinese [Simplified], French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

Find language guides on the Census website.

Q. In what languages will the paper form be available? 

A: English and bilingual English-Spanish. 

COVID-19 Impact on Census 2020

In response to COVID-19, the Census Bureau has released a new timeline for conducting some phases of Census 2020.

Census on social media

How do I receive and submit the Census survey?

Most households will receive instructions in the mail on how to complete the Census online.

Visit my2020census.gov/ and use the Census ID that was sent to you to start the survey.

You can respond by mail or telephone.

Some households will receive a questionnaire in the mail or a visit from a Census field representative.

For more, see options for how the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond from the Census website.

Working for the 2020 Census

Visit our How do I get a Census job page for employment information.

Census Data Tools and Resources