HOLT, Fla., March 11, 2020—The 2020 Census has begun.
Invitations to participate either online or by mailing a response back began arriving in area mailboxes today.
“Invitations are arriving in mailboxes across the country, and everyone will receive an invitation to respond through the mail or from a census worker soon,” Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said. “We are encouraging everyone to respond once they receive their 2020 Census invitation.”
The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone who lives in the United States by, Census Day April 1.
“Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and it’s key to shaping the future of your community,” said Dillingham. “The 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and influences how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated for critical public services like emergency response, schools, hospitals, roads and bridges over the next 10 years.”
Invitation mailings are addressed to “Resident” at the household address and do not include an individual’s name.
Households in areas of the country less likely to respond via the Internet will receive a paper questionnaire in their first mailing, along with information on how to respond online.
All nonresponding households will receive a paper questionnaire after two more reminder mailings.
Along with the invitations, people can expect to find an overview of the census, a description of language assistance in English plus 12 non-English languages and a census ID number linked to their address.
About 13 million households across the nation will receive bilingual English/Spanish invitations and questionnaires.
For a small portion of the country, in areas where mail is generally not delivered to the physical location of residences (e.g., small towns with P.O. box-only delivery), census enumerators will visit households to either hand-deliver invitations and paper questionnaires or to conduct interviews with households to collect their census data.
- March 12-20: Initial invitations to respond online and by phone arrive
- March 16-24: Reminder letters will be delivered.
- March 26-April 3: Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded.
- April 8-16: Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded.
- April 20-27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded.
If a household does not respond to the census, a census taker will follow up in person. In most cases, this will begin in mid-May and conclude in late July.
Households can still respond on their own during this period, and if they do, they will be removed from the nonresponse follow-up workload.
People are encouraged to answer all questions on the 2020 Census to avoid having a census taker knock at their door.
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years.
For more information about the 2020 Census, visit 2020census.gov.