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2020 Census authorities begin mailing invitations

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Homes across the country have begun receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: 

  • online, by phone or by mail. The 2020 Census is the latest once-a-decade count undertaken by 
  • the United States to determine who lives where so that everyone is represented fairly in
  • government and resources are distributed to communities across the country.

The basics:

For most households, the invitation to the 2020 Census will be to complete an online survey, but geographic areas less likely to respond online may receive a paper questionnaire, too. A few households might even have a form dropped off or — in the most remote and difficult-to-count areas — will be counted in person by a census taker.

The U.S. Census Bureau has a toll-free number for the survey but anticipates most households will complete the 2020 Census over the internet. For most, the process is as easy as entering a special identifying code online, answering a few questions about the household, and providing the following information about people living there on April 1:

  • Full names 
  • Sex
  • Age and date of birth
  • Hispanic origin, if any
  • Race

For more information about the 2020 Census, visit