The 2020 Census is well underway and is ready for America to respond as the first invitations are arriving in the mail to an estimated 140 million households between last Thursday, March 12 and this Friday, March 20.

The letters will have a special code that residents will need to fill out the Census. The public is encouraged to respond to the 2020 Census online, over the phone, or through the mail with their paper questionnaire as soon as possible. Census Day is April 1st, everyone should be counted where they are living on April 1st. Residents can start responding to the Census week of March 27th online or by phone. Paper based copies will be sent out to residents that have not filled out the Census online or by phone the week of April 9th.

Census Canvassers

Census Canvassers will begin going door to door to count residents the beginning of May. We want to avoid the need for Census Canvassers so that the taxpayer does not pay this. Because of Census Canvassers, DeKalb County lost almost $38 million every year for 10 years = $380 million loss between 2010-2020. In 2010 only 77% of DeKalb County self-responded to the 2010 Census. This means Census Canvassers went door-to-door to physically count about 23% of DeKalb County. This is an expensive process.

Do I have to respond to the American Community Survey (ACS)?

Yes. You are legally obligated to answer all the questions, as accurately as you can. The relevant laws are Title 18 U.S.C Section 3571 and Section 3559, which amends Title 13 U.S.C. Section 221.

It is a federal crime for anyone employed by the Census Bureau to give Census data to anyone outside of the Census Bureau.

Your answers are important. As part of a sample, you represent many other people. Representation has a large impact on the local, state, and federal level. $675 billion dollars will be given to local communities every year for the next 10 years based on Census numbers. Between 2020 and 2030 that is $6.75 trillion dollars.

Find out how each question helps your community, your state, and the federal government in questions on the form and why we ask.

Updates on 2020 Census Operations

The U.S. Census Bureau continues to carefully monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities. We are adjusting some operations as outlined below with two key principles in mind: protecting the health and safety of our staff and the public, and fulfilling our statutory requirement to deliver the 2020 Census counts to the President on schedule. For the latest operational updates, see the statement on modifying 2020 Census operations

2020census.gov Website Updates

  • 2020census.gov now includes instructions about how to respond to the 2020 Census online. Expanded “How to Respond” content includes links to the online form and a detailed timeline for response, examples of the letters and postcards mailed from the Census Bureau, and answers to frequently asked questions.
  • To respond online, go to 2020census.gov. The online form is available in English and 12 additional languages, giving over 99% of all U.S. households the opportunity to respond in their language. In addition, video guides showing people how to complete the online questionnaire are available in English and 59 other languages.
  • Other website updates include an online response rate map, a list of national partners, and a sample 2020 census questionnaire.

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