Count Your Household in the United States Census 2020

Respond to the 2020 Census online here, by phone here, or by mail here.

Have you registered your household in the 2020 Census yet? The United States Census Bureau began their daunting challenge to accurately count the number of residents in the U.S. in January [1] and will continue to be open to census submissions until September 30th of this year, a month earlier than they previously estimated [2]. For the first time in its history, the census went online to encourage households to self-respond and make responding as easy as possible. The number of self-responses, however, has been less than anticipated. With a national self-response of 64.4% [3] as of August 23rd, there is still a large 35.6% of households that have not responded to the 2020 Census online, by mail, or by phone. An accurate count of the U.S. Census is imperative when determining redistricting [4] and federal funding for a plethora of government programs such as public transit systems, educational programs, housing assistance, and many more [5].

The Census Bureau is looking for ways to get nonresponding households to self-respond in an effort to prevent sending enumerators door-to-door. The Census Bureau will attempt to reach nonresponding households through phone calls, mailing additional paper questionnaires, and emailing households in low-responding areas first. In addition to these methods, the Census Bureau launched their Mobile Questionnaire Assistance, a program that offers assistance with responding at locations, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, in low-responding areas. If households still do not send a self-response, Census enumerators will continue to follow up in person and will follow CDC and local public health guidelines when they visit. If no one is at home during a visit, enumerators will leave a "Notice of Visit" with information on how to self-respond [6].

If you have not yet registered your household in the 2020 Census yet, we highly encourage you to send a self-response in the comfort of your own home. You can respond online here, by phone here, or by mail here. Nonresponse follows up have started on August 9th and will continue until September 30th. To prevent having an enumerator visiting your household, we recommend that you send a self-response as soon as you can!

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