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Questions Asked on the Form

The 2020 Census is easy. You will answer a simple questionnaire about yourself and everyone who was living with you on April 1, 2020.


Explore the questions you'll be asked on your 2020 Census form. You'll find tips for responding and information on how the Census Bureau will use your answers. 

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There is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census.



2020 Census Informational Bilingual Questionnaire

This is a sample of the paper questionnaire that will be used during the 2020 Census. This version excludes the URL and contact information.

Please note: You cannot use this sample form to respond to the 2020 Census.

Sample Copy of the 2020 Census Questionnaire

Invitation Letter

This is a sample of the invitation letter homes will receive inviting them to respond to the 2020 Census. Most areas of the country will be invited to respond online. Areas less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire with their invitation, but can still choose to respond online.

Component ID: #ti1955332024



Your Guide to the 2020 Census

Read instructions on how to complete the paper questionnaire.

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pdf   English   [1.6 MB]
pdf   Spanish/Español   [1.4 MB]
Component ID: #ti717422636



The Census Will Never Ask Certain Questions

During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Money or donations.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers.

Additionally, there is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate. For more information, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.

What Happens to Your Answers?

Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes.

Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home. Learn more about how we protect your information.


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