Responding to the US Census

The 2020 Census asks a few simple questions about you and everyone who was living with you on April 1, 2020. The 2020 Census is happening now. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.

Ways to respond to 2020 CensusOnline 2020 Census link  —  Call 844-330-2020


Responder al US Censo

¡El Censo del 2020 sigue en marcha! Usted puede completar su formulario por internet, por teléfono o por correo. Por primera vez, usted puede elegir cómo completar el censo, ya sea por internet, por teléfono o por correo. Encuentre más información sobre cada uno de estos métodos a continuación.

No es demasiado tarde para responder al Censo del 2020: formas de responder  —  Bienvenido al Censo 2020  —  Teléfono  844-468-2020


Even if you did not receive an invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you may respond online or visit our Contact Us page to call our phone line.

  • t’s quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
  • It’s safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
  • Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
  • Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.

Who Should Respond

The 2020 Census counts everyone living in the United States and its five territories. One person should respond for each home. That person must be at least 15 years old. They should live in the home or place of residence themselves and know general information about each person living there.

Who Should Be Counted and Where?

You should be counted where you were living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020. If you are responding for your home, count everyone who was living and sleeping there most of the time as of April 1, 2020. This includes young children, foster children, roommates, and any family members or friends who are living with you, even temporarily.

Please note that if someone was staying with you temporarily on April 1 due to the COVID-19 situation, they should be counted where they usually live. This includes college students, who should still be counted at school, even if they are home early because of the COVID-19 situation. If they live in student housing, the college will count them. If they live off campus, they should complete the census for their off-campus address and include any roommates or other people living there. If someone is staying with you on April 1 who doesn’t have a usual home elsewhere, please include them in your response.

People in some living situations — including students, service members, and people in health care facilities — may have questions about how to respond or where they should count themselves. You may also have questions if you recently moved, have multiple residences, or have no permanent address.

Everyone Counts

The Census Bureau has specific operations and processes in place to count everyone, including those in group living situations such as college dorms, nursing homes, military barracks, and prisons.

Impact in Your Community

School lunches. Plans for highways. Support for firefighters and families in need. Census results affect your community every day. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education. The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults.


Language Support

You can complete the census online or by phone in 13 different languages: English, Spanish, ChineseVietnameseKoreanRussianArabicTagalogPolishFrenchHaitian CreolePortuguese, and Japanese.