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How to Participate in the Census

The Census Bureau will mail a code to each household in March 2020 with instructions for each household to complete the questionnaire online and offer information about other methods of responding. The questionnaire will consist of nine questions about each household member including name, age, race and more. Depending on when you respond, your household could receive up to four additional mailings encouraging you to participate.

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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.

If you need assistance in a language other than English, please call one of the numbers below.

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.

What to Look For

Census Follow Up

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

How to Identify a U.S. Census Bureau worker

All U.S. Census Bureau workers will be identified with this badge when they come knock on your door. Remember, Census Bureau workers will never ask you for your social security number.

The Census Bureau has important information about avoiding census fraud and scams

Learn how to protect yourself hereIf you suspect fraud, call 1-880-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.