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Why and How You Should Fill Out Your Census Form

Updated: Jul 26

Census data is used at every level of government and in every sector of society. Make sure your voice is heard by completing the 2020 Census!


Why the Census matters...


Every ten years, the federal government attempts to count the entire population of the United States. The data they collect is used by organizations big and small, from Fortune 500 companies to local nonprofits. Most importantly, Census data is used by decision-makers in government at the local, regional, and national levels. The 2020 Census will impact government policies important to your household and will guide the allocation of over $100 billion in federal funds. However, the accuracy of the United States Census depends on everyone participating. If you don't fill it out, you won't count.


How you can respond to the Census...


You have likely already received your invitation to respond to the Census. Make sure to take note of your Census ID number. You can respond to the Census for your household in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.


"Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12 – 20. These official Census Bureau mailings will include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the Census online. In addition to an invitation to respond, some households will receive a paper questionnaire (sometimes known as the census form). You do not need to wait for your paper questionnaire to respond to the Census. Please complete your census form online, by phone, or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives." - US Census Bureau

The US Census Bureau offers various forms of language support. You can complete the online questionnaire in the following languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese. For more information on completing the Census online or by mail with language support, click here. To complete your Census you can also call one of the following language-specific phone numbers listed below:


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