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2020 Census Information and Resources for Libraries: Ways to Respond

Useful resources to prepare for the 2020 Census

Ways to Respond

In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to self-respond to the 2020 Census. By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Self-response is available through October 15, 2020.

There are three (3) ways to self-respond to the 2020 Census:

  • Online - 59 languages available online

  • By phone - 13 languages available over the phone (English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Polish, Japanese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Russian, Tagalog, French, & Portuguese)

  • By mail (English & Spanish) - If not completed by May, Census employees will attempt to complete the questionnaire in person. Mailed Census responses must be postmarked by Thursday October 14, 2020.

Different Timelines and Processes for Some Locations​

If you live in the following locations, there will be some differences in your timeline for completing the 2020 Census or in the ways you can respond:

  • Very remote areas.

  • Areas that experienced a natural disaster.

  • Group living arrangements, such as on-campus student housing, correctional facilities, military bases, health care facilities, and shelters.

  • A majority of Native people in New Mexico will likely be visited by an enumerator, with many villages hosting community events to help tribal members complete the questionnaire. Contact your tribal office to inquiry about the process.

Special Circumstances

For some people, it's not clear how they should count themselves or the people in their home. These circumstances may include:

  • People who live in more than one place.

  • People who are moving on Census Day (April 1, 2020).

  • People who are born or die on Census Day (April 1, 2020).

  • People experiencing homelessness - homeless individuals may report an intersection as their address to be able to respond to the Census questionnaire.

For more information, visit Who To Count.

  • If you do not receive a U.S. Census postcard in the mail with your unique I.D. number, you can still self-respond to the census questionnaire.
  • In August/September 2020, the Census Bureau will follow up in person with households that have not responded.