Don't let Coronavirus stop you. Self-respond to Census today!

With public health concerns rising, maximizing your early online census response is a win-win for everyone!

Invitations to respond to the Census will begin arriving in your mailbox on March 12th. The online response process takes less than five (5) minutes to complete. However, you do not need the invitation to complete the census. You can go to and fill it out now. The census response website is mobile-friendly!

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2020 Census Overall Timeline

Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and planning began years ago. Now that the census is here,  look at some of the key dates along the way:

March 12 - 20: Households began receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.

March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.

April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people in residential elder care centers, and other unique groups.Census takers will also send reminder notices to households that have not self-responded.

May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted. Census takers are hired in the local community and when they come to your home, will show a badge and identify themselves. Census takers will only ask you about the census questions; they will never ask for money or ask about citizenship, income, donations, or political parties.

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