2020 Census Info

Here is some crucial information for taking the census:

Key 2020 Census Dates:

Here’s the overall California timeline:

    • Between March 12 and 20, you should receive invitations in the mail detailing how to fill out the census questionnaire online.
    • Over the following few weeks, you should receive a letter and postcard reminding you to take the census.
    • April 1 is Census Day, when everyone should have received an invitation to participate. This is also a key reference date as when you fill out the census, you will include everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020.
    • A hard copy of the census, along with another reminder, will be mailed between April 8 and 16.
    • Final reminder postcards will be mailed from April 20 through April 27.
    • In August, Census takers will begin to conduct in-person follow-ups for those who haven’t responded. (Subject to change depending on COVID-19.)
    • Be sure to fill out your census form before Sept. 30, 2020!

Ways to Take the Census:

For the first time, you have three ways to complete the 2020 census from home:

  • Online: You can use your phone, tablet, or computer to respond online. You should receive a census ID in the mail to log in. Even if you don’t, you can still access the questionnaire: There should be a link under the login button that says, “If you do not have a census ID, click here.” Read more about the online version, including languages and how to access it, here.
  • Via phone: You can call in to take the census by phone daily from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern. Read more about phone options here. There are different phone lines for the following languages:
  • By mail: Every home should receive a paper questionnaire, if they haven’t responded online or by phone. You must fill out the paper version using  blue or black ink. You can mail the questionnaire back to: U.S. Census Bureau, National Processing Center, 1201 E 10th Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47132. Find more info about mailing your questionnaire in here.