Ways to Respond

There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census.

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.

The 2020 Census marks the first time you'll have the option to respond online. You can even respond on your mobile device.

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:

  • Areas that experienced a natural disaster.

  • Group living arragnements, 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.