When Is The Census?
- In March, the government will send each household a letter in the mail. People can start responding online or by phone on March 12.
- In April, households that haven't yet responded to the 2020 Census will receive a paper copy in the mail.
- From May-July, census takers will visit households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.
- People who live in a group facility such as a nursing home, group home or shelter are counted through a different process, known as the "Group Quarters" process. Census staff will work with facility staff to set up a date and time. Residents will not receive a mailing.
The 2020 Census Should Be Accessible For Everyone
- If you have blindness or low vision, you can print a guide to the questionnaire in braille or large print from 2020CENSUS.GOV or by using the links below:
- If you have deafness or hearing loss, you can:
- 2020CENSUS.GOV is a 508-compliant website accessible to people with blindness or low vision, deafness or hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, photosensitivity, and various combinations of these.
How To Avoid Fraud
It's important to respond to the census - but sometimes you may receive a fake call, mailing, email or visit. If you have concerns, contact the Census Bureau Regional Office at 1-800-865-6584.
These tips can help you tell if the information is the real thing.
- The U.S. Census Bureau will never ask for your full social security number, bank account number, passwords, or for money.
- The U.S. Census Bureau will mail you an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census between March 12 - 20. A reminder letter and postcard will be sent to those who do not respond. They will not send you unsolicited emails.
- If a census taker comes to your door, ask to check their identity:
- Census takers must present an ID badge that includes their photograph, a Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.
- Census workers will be carrying a Census Bureau laptop or cellphone, as well as a bag with a Census Bureau logo.
How To Get Involved
- Many communities have a Complete Count Committee (CCC) to promote the census. Serve on your local CCC and help outreach to people with disabilities.
- Apply for a job. The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring thousands of temporary positions to assist with the census: 2020census.gov/en/jobs.html
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