2020 Census – Accessible for Everyone

By April 1, 2020, Census Day, every household in the U.S. will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. On March 12, the Census Bureau will begin mailing households an invitation to respond to the Census. The Census Bureau will send reminders to households that do not self-respond. In May, census takers will begin visiting homes that have not responded to the survey invitation to ensure that everyone is counted.

Why is the 2020 Census so important?

  • Questionnaire results influence how billions of dollars in government funding are distributed for valuable programs and services in our communities.
  • Census results impact your community. Results are referenced to make important decisions about services for the next ten years.
  • Results determine how many seats each state receives in the House of Representatives. States with larger populations receive more representatives.

It is important that all community members participate in the census to ensure that every U.S. resident is counted.

How do you respond to the 2020 Census?

For the first time, households will have three ways to respond to the short questionnaire:

  1. online through a computer, tablet, or smartphone;
  2. by phone through a toll-free number; or
  3. by returning the questionnaire by mail.

The online response option allows survey takers to navigate the Census questionnaire online without a mouse and using assistive technology.

The Census Bureau has created braille and large print English language help guides, as well as non-English language guides, describing how to complete the questionnaire: Language Guides (Print). Please note that large print and braille options are at the bottom of the page. Video guides are available through the Video Guides page.
Your responses are kept private by law and are only used for statistical purposes.

Resources to help you complete the 2020 Census

The information below includes accessibility resources to help you complete this year’s 2020 Census.

For general Census questions, please call 1-800-923-8282, or visit the federal Census help page.


Last Updated: February 27, 2020