The Census is Coming! Here’s What to Expect:

April 1 (Census Day) is right around the corner and the first invitations to participate in the 2020 Census are being sent out RIGHT NOW to mailboxes across LA County and all 50 states, D.C., and U.S. territories. As our communities know, the 2020 Census is more important than ever because it will determine how much money we receive for vital services like schools, hospitals, job programs, and public transportation for the next 10 years.

If anyone in your family or community has questions about the upcoming census count, here’s what you can tell them:

Q: When does the 2020 Census start and end? 
A: Mark your calendars because here is the schedule for the 2020 Census:

  • Starting March 12 to 20,  your household can expect the official Census Bureau mailing with detailed information on how to respond. 
  • By Census Day on April 1, every household will have received their invitations to respond to the 2020 Census.
  • By April 16, your household will receive a second reminder to fill out the 2020 Census and a hard copy form in the mail if you have not responded yet to the census questionnaire. 
  • On May 1, the “Non-Response Follow Up period” begins, when census takers employed by the U.S. Census Bureau will begin visiting homes that have not already responded to the 2020 Census. 
  • July 31 is the last day that households can respond to the 2020 Census and marks the end of the Non-Response Follow Up period. 

Q: How do I respond to the 2020 Census? 
A: Once you’ve received your invitation from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are a few different ways you can make sure you’re counted in the 2020 Census: 

  • Online: The initial invitation mailed to your household starting on March 12 will include your unique and confidential household code. When you visit the 2020 Census website to fill out the questionnaire online by your computer, tablet, or mobile device, you will be asked to provide this code to access your household’s 2020 Census questionnaire. 
  • By phone or regular mail: If you don’t have access to the internet, the 2020 Census can still be filled out by mail or phone. Call 1-800-923-8282 for assistance.

Q: What questions are asked on the 2020 Census?
A: You will be asked 9 simple questions like your age, the number of your children in your household, and your marital status. 

Q: What if English is not my first language?
A: Do not worry! The 2020 Census questionnaire is available in 12 languages: Spanish, Chinese (simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese , Japanese, and of course, English. Language assistance guides will also be available online and over the phone in 59 languages. 

Q: How can I stay connected on all things 2020 Census? 
A: To stay up to date, make sure to sign up for our mailing list here. Also, don’t follow @WeCountLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — we post every day about the 2020 Census!

Learn more about the Census 2020 — and why it’s important for you, your family and your community to participate — in this short, 3-minute video: