Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12 – 20. These official Census Bureau mailings will include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the census online.
During this time, homes in areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire (sometimes known as the census form).
All homes will receive a paper questionnaire if they do not first respond online or by phone. To see an image of the paper questionnaire, and for more information on answering each question, please visit Questions Asked.
When responding, use blue or black ink to fill in the questionnaire. Do not use a pencil.
When finished, return the questionnaire in the envelope provided. If you have lost your return envelope, please mail your completed questionnaire to:
U.S. Census Bureau
National Processing Center
1201 E 10th Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47132
There are several ways you can confirm that the 2020 Census questionnaire you received is legitimate:
The Census Bureau will never ask you for:
In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party. To learn more, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.
Bilingual invitations and paper questionnaires in English and Spanish will be sent to select areas of the country.
To help you respond, the Census Bureau also offers webpages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print. Visit Language Support to learn more.
In mid-March, the Census Bureau began inviting homes to respond online to the 2020 Census. If you do not respond online or by phone, you may receive a paper questionnaire. Paper questionnaires will be mailed in early April.
You will have the option to respond online, by phone, or by mail. Initially, most homes will receive a letter between March 12-20 inviting them to go online and complete their census form. If you do not respond online or by phone, you may also receive a paper questionnaire in the mail.
Learn more about Responding by Mail.
If you need to make a correction to a response on your paper questionnaire, carefully draw a line through the incorrect entry. Then, write the correct information as close as possible to what you crossed out.
If you checked the wrong box, just draw a line through it and mark the correct box for the question.
You cannot make changes to your questionnaire once you have mailed it back. If you have serious concerns about your response, you can complete the questionnaire again online.
Yes. If you have more than six people in your home, you can give the name, sex, age, date of birth, and relationship for up to four additional people on the last page of your questionnaire. If you have more than 10 people in your home, you can use the online form.
As you complete your questionnaire, make sure you count everyone who usually lives and sleeps at your address. Leave remaining pages blank, and return the entire paper questionnaire in the postage-paid envelope provided.