Online and Phone Response is Open
It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail.
The Census Bureau has recently announced adjustments to Census operations:
- The self-response period has been extended through Oct. 31, 2020 (was mid-August)
- Update Leave is now June 13 through July 9. This is the period when forms are left at households without a regular postal address.
- Non-Response Follow-Up – Aug. 11 through Oct. 31. This is when census takers go door-to-door to households that haven’t responded.
Learn more about the updates.
Notice: The U.S. Census Bureau is resuming 2020 Census field operations in Colorado. For the health and safety of Census employees and the public, field staff will observe social distancing protocols and will wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
U.S. Census Bureau field employees will begin dropping off 2020 Census invitation packets at front doors of households in areas that do not receive mail at their homes. This field operation follows current federal health and safety guidelines and does not require interaction between households and Census Bureau employees.
Households that receive the 2020 Census invitation packets are strongly encouraged to respond promptly - using the census ID included in the questionnaire packet. Coloradans can still respond online, by phone, or by completing and returning the paper form by mail. Responding online with the Census ID or completing and returning the paper questionnaire helps ensure an accurate count of Colorado communities. Learn more at 2020Census.gov.
What if the address on my census form is incorrect?
Data that results from the 2020 Census are tabulated using geocode assignments for each household, not the "postal city" name in the mailing address assigned to the household. Therefore, each census tract, voting district, school district, tribal area, county, municipality, and other geographic area receives accurate results from the census.
The 2020 Census can be completed by phone in the following languages:
- English: 844-330-2020
- Spanish: 844-468-2020
- Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
- Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
- Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
- Korean: 844-392-2020
- Russian: 844-417-2020
- Arabic: 844-416-2020
- Tagalog: 844-478-2020
- Polish: 844-479-2020
- French: 844-494-2020
- Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
- Portuguese: 844-474-2020
- Japanese: 844-460-2020
- English (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-418-2020
- Spanish (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-426-2020
- TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020
To help you respond, the Census Bureau also offers web pages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print.
Visit Language Support to learn more.
Are you curious about how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census? Stay up to date with a map of self-response rates from across the United States.
View the interactive response rate map.
What is the census?
The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape your future.
What to expect
- Public response (online, phone or mail) begins in March
- April 1 is Census Day!
- In-person visits to households that haven’t responded begin in May
- Apportionment courts sent to the President by December 21, 2020
Why is the census important?
Why is the census important?
Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads, and more.
Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future.
Responding also fulfills your civic duty because it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
Districts & Representation
Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. Redistricting courts are sent to the state by March 31, 2021.
Is my information safe?
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.