US 2020 Census – How To Respond

Monitoring COVID-19


The Census Bureau is working with health authorities to ensure their guidance is incorporated into our operations.

Counting College Students


Students affected by college and university closures should still be counted where they live while at school.

You can Still Respond
April 1 is a reference date, not a deadline to respond. When you respond online, by phone, or by mail, count everyone living in your home as of April 1.

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April 1: This is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census—not a deadline. We use this day to determine who is counted and where in the 2020 Census. When you respond, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home.
You can respond before or after that date.
We encourage you to respond as soon as you can.

May 27 – August 14: Census takers will interview homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.