Census workers will be out and about doing address canvassing from now until October. If you see a census worker, please feel free to ask them for identification.
In mid March 2020, you should be receiving a questionnaire in the mail. This is called a “self-response” questionnaire. Please try to answer as many questions as you comfortable with.. Some of the ways that this information is used:
- Make decisions at all levels of government
- Drawing federal state and local legislative districts
- Attracting new businesses to state and local areas
- Distributing over $675 billion annual in federal funds and even more in state funds
- Forecasting future transportation needs
- Forecasting future housing needs
- Designing public safety strategies
- Creating maps to speed emergency services to households in need of assistance
Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.
Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census, from either a postal worker or a census worker.
- 95% of households will receive their census invitation by mail.
- 5% of households will receive their census invitation when a census taker drops it off. In these areas, households may not receive mail that their physical location (like households with a post office box, or areas that have recently been affected by natural disasters.
- Less than 1% of house holds will be counted in person by a census taker, instead of being invited to respond on their own. We do this in very remote areas, like parts of norther Maine, remote Alaska, and in select American Indian areas that ask to be counted in person.
For more information: Census Flyer (58 downloads)