Ninety-five percent of households will receive an initial invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in the mail. Depending on how likely your area is to respond online, you’ll receive either an invitation encouraging you to respond online or an invitation along with a paper questionnaire.
In areas where 20 percent or more of the households need Spanish assistance, the invitations will be in both English and Spanish.
Households that receive a reminder in the mail after responding may disregard it. The reminder was sent before the response was received. Some households that have already responded will receive a census taker visit as part of quality checks on the census.
Most areas of the country are likely to respond online, so most households will receive a letter asking you to go online to complete the census questionnaire (or to respond by phone).
Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with their invitation. The invitation will also include information about how to respond online or by phone.
PRESS RELEASE | JULY 22, 2020
Final 2020 Census Reminder Postcards
The U.S. Census Bureau is sending reminder postcards this week to an estimated 34.3 million households.
PRESS RELEASE | JUNE 24, 2020
Census Bureau Plans to Send Additional 2020 Census Reminder
The Census Bureau will send an additional reminder postcard to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.
PRESS RELEASE | JUNE 24, 2020
Postcards Encouraging Households to Respond Sent to P.O. Boxes
The U.S. Census Bureau is sending postcards between June 24 and July 3 to communities where P.O. boxes are the only mailing address available.
PRESS RELEASE | APRIL 27, 2020
Don’t Forget to Respond: 2020 Census Reminder Postcards Arriving
The U.S. Census Bureau is beginning to send reminder notice postcards to an estimated 69 million households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.
PRESS RELEASE | APRIL 08, 2020
Delivery of 2020 Census Paper Questionnaires Begins
About 64 million households across the nation are receiving a paper questionnaire in the coming days.
Every household that hasn’t already responded will receive additional reminders and will eventually receive a paper questionnaire.
*Extended from April 8-16 to allow more time for addressing the mail packages in the midst of social distancing.
*Pushed back from April 20-27 to allow the paper questionnaire package to arrive several days ahead of the final postcard.
*Postcards encouraging households to respond to 2020 Census sent to P.O. boxes
*Additional mailing to serve as a final reminder to households to respond before a census taker visits to collect their response.
NOVEMBER 18, 2019
Areas to Receive 2020 Census Paper Questionnaires First
The U.S. Census Bureau today released the Mail Contact Strategies Viewer showing how the country will be asked to respond to the 2020 Census.
Explains how households are invited to respond to the census and what they can expect in the mail.