The 2020 Census counts every living person in the United States and five U.S. territories. Results provide important data that lawmakers, teachers, and many others use to support communities.
Why are the results so important?
The results determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Census results determine how much funding your community will receive for critical programs like roads, schools, and healthcare facilities. The results will also be beneficial for the business community. Business owners can use census data to figure out where to open new stores, expand operations, recruit employees, and more.
Do I have to complete the census?
Yes, it is required by law to complete the U.S. Census.
How can I complete the census?
To complete the census online, visit 2020census.gov and click “Respond”
To complete the census over the phone, call the number associated with your language below:
- English: 844-330-2020
- Spanish: 844-468-2020
- Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
- Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
- Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
- Korean: 844-392-2020
- Russian: 844-417-2020
- Arabic: 844-416-2020
- Tagalog: 844-478-2020
- Polish: 844-479-2020
- French: 844-494-2020
- Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
- Portuguese: 844-474-2020
- Japanese: 844-460-2020
To complete the census via mail, you will need to have received a hard copy of the questionnaire. These were mailed out to residents in April, 2020. If you lost your return envelope, use the address below:
U.S. Census Bureau
National Processing Center
1201 E 10th Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47132
What happens if I don’t complete the census on my own?
If you do not complete the census on your own, a census taker will visit your home to help you with the process. Workers will have PPE and are trained in health and safety guidelines. It takes about 10 minutes to complete the interview and you can identify the census worker by the following:
- Photo ID badge from the Department of Commerce with expiration date
- Laptop, handheld device, and/or bag with a Census Bureau logo
- Census workers will provide a Supervisor’s and/or the regional office phone number
- Letter from the Director of the Census Bureau on official letterhead
**The US Census Bureau or Census Workers will NEVER ask for: Social Security numbers, bank/credit card account numbers, money/donations, anything on behalf of a political party. If in doubt, call the U.S. Census Atlanta Regional Office at 1-800-424-6974