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Information on the 2020 Census

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 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.

What do I do if I don't receive instructions?

You should receive follow up letters, postcards, or visits from the Census Bureau.

I don't have access to a computer. What do I do?

You can respond by mail or telephone.

If you would like to respond online, many public libraries offer internet access. You can find information about public libraries in the Missouri State Library Directory.*

*Please check the status of your public library at the Missouri State Library website. Some libraries have closed temporarily in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do I have to respond to the survey?

Yes. Response to the Census is required by law (Title 13 of the U.S. Code).

The data obtained from the Census is used for apportioning representation in the legislature, helps determine funding for government programs, and serves as a basis for many other decisions.

How does the Census Bureau protect my data?

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When should I receive instructions?

The Census Bureau has mailed instructions to most locations.

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

How do I know that a survey is legitimate?

Check the Census Participants Help page for more information.

Review the sample Census survey (for informational purposes only). 

See our page on How do I avoid fraud for additional tips.

What will I be asked?

What will I be asked on the 2020 Census? 

  • Questions about how many people are living at your home as of April 1, 2020.
  • Whether the home owned or rented.
  • The sex, age and race of each person in the household.
  • Whether each person in the household is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish in origin.
  • The relationship of each person in the household to one central person.

View a sample of the 2020 Census survey on the Census website.

Visit the 2020 Census About page to view the full question list.

What will I be asked on the American Community Survey?

  • Housing information
  • Education Attainment
  • Employment information

For the full example of the American Community Survey form, visit the ACS page.