Top 3 things you need to know about the 2020 Census
The 2020 Census is coming to an end on Oct. 15, 2020. Here are the top three things you need to know about this decennial: status of the count, how to know if you’ve been counted, and what to do if a census taker visits your home this month?
Over 99 percent of the nation has been counted.
Between responding on their own or with the help of a census taker, over 99 percent of the nation’s households have been counted.
Also, the percentage of households that have responded online, by phone, or by mail has exceeded the percent of households that responded on their own to the 2010 Census. Two in every three households responded to the 2020 Census on their own (reaching 66.7 percent on Oct. 4, 2020).
For the 2010 Census, 66.5 percent of households responded on their own. Census takers are continuing to follow up with every household that has not yet responded.
Census takers are following up with the remaining households. Please cooperate with a census taker if they visit you in person or call you by phone—even if you have already responded.
If you haven’t responded yet, now is the time. If a census taker knocks on your door or calls you, please answer their questions.
If you’ve already responded and a census taker contacts you, please be patient and kind and cooperate with them.
If you are not at home when a census taker visits, the census taker will leave a “notice of visit” at your door. The notice will include information about responding online or by phone and will include a Census ID. This ID links your response to your address. Please respond using this Census ID or cooperate when a census taker returns to help you respond.
If a census taker contacts you about a neighboring address, please answer their questions. This means the Census Bureau has had difficulty reaching someone from that address. Your cooperation will help the Census Bureau complete the census for your community.
If you’re not sure if you’ve been counted, go ahead and respond anyway. We will remove duplicate responses.
If you can’t remember if you responded or can’t confirm if someone else living with you responded on your behalf, respond online or by phone, or cooperate with a census taker if one visits or calls.
You can still respond to the 2020 Census now online at 2020cenus.gov, by calling 844-330-2020 or by mailing back the paper questionnaire. Visit 2020census.gov and use the Census ID you received in the mail. If you don’t have it, use your home address—not a PO Box number. You can respond online or by phone in English, Spanish, and 11 other languages and get help in many more online. The Census Bureau mailed a final reminder and paper questionnaire to some households. You can complete this paper questionnaire and mail it back.
Remember to include everyone who was living and staying in your household most of the time as of April 1, including newborns, roommates, other family members, or others. Remember that college students should be counted where they usually live as well. Students who were living in student housing have already been counted with help from the college or university. However, students who were living off-campus should respond for their off-campus address, even if they were temporarily staying with parents because of a school closure.
The Census Bureau will remove duplicate responses. They would much rather have to remove duplicates than miss you entirely and risk your community being underrepresented and underfunded.