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Ways To Respond

There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census.

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By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:

  • Online.
  • By phone.
  • By mail.

In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.



Video Guide to Completing the 2020 Census Online

Different Timelines and Processes for Some Locations​

If you live in the following locations, there will be some differences in your timeline for completing the 2020 Census or in the ways you can respond:

  • Puerto Rico.
  • The U.S. Island Areas (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands).
  • Very remote areas, such as parts of northern Maine and Alaska.
  • Areas that experienced a natural disaster.
  • Group living arrangements, such as on-campus student housing, correctional facilities, military bases, health care facilities, and shelters.

Special Circumstances

For some people, it's not clear how they should count themselves or the people in their home. These circumstances may include:

  • People who live in more than one place.
  • People who are moving on Census Day (April 1, 2020).
  • People who are born or die on Census Day (April 1, 2020).
  • People experiencing homelessness.

For more information, visit Who To Count.

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