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How to Participate in the Census

Infographic: Shape the road ahead Responding to the 2020 Census will be different this year. The U.S. Census Bureau will not be sending out census questionnaires to every household as done in the past. Instead, the Census Bureau will mail a code to each household in March 2020, directing the head of household to complete the questionnaire online, and offer information about other methods of responding. The questionnaire will consist of ten questions about each household member including name, age, race and more. Depending on when you respond, your household could receive up to five mailings encouraging you to participate.

Download Samples

Sample Census Questionnaire

Sample Informational Invitation Letter

Ways to Complete the Census


For the first time in history, you can complete the census online. To complete the survey digitally, go to the website listed on the census information you receive in mail, answer the questions and hit submit.

By Phone

You can also call the toll-free number on the notification mailed to each household in March 2020 and respond by phone. A census representative will ask you the survey questions and enter your information into the database.

By Mail

When responding by mail, fill out the form with a blue or black pen or a #2 pencil, then mail it back in the pre-paid return envelope.

Census Follow Up

Paper forms will still go to areas that have limited Internet access or are viewed as less likely to respond online. To learn more about census follow-up click here.