U.S. Census Bureau Announces First Areas to Receive 2020 Census Invitations


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To help prepare households for the upcoming 2020 Census next year, the U.S. Census Bureau has released the Mail Contact Strategies Viewer, which shows how different areas of the country will be asked to respond to the 2020 Census and which households will receive English/Spanish bilingual invitations and questionnaires. Almost all households will be invited to respond online, by phone or by mail starting in the middle of March 2020. 

Three of every four households will receive an invitation to respond online or by phone, while other households will receive a paper questionnaire along with an invitation to respond online. Communities can use the 2020 Census Mail Contact Strategies Viewer to see how they will receive an invitation to participate in the census. 

The viewer provides information for the 95 percent of housing units will receive their census invitations in the mail. Please note that it does not show the five percent of households that will receive their questionnaire by a census taker who drops it off at their home, nor the ones that will be counted in person instead of being invited to self-respond. 

If you miss your first invitation, don’t worry because the U.S. Census Bureau plans to send up to five mailings to encourage households to respond online, by mail, or by phone. Regardless of the initial invitation, all households will receive a paper questionnaire by mid-April 2020. 

Households will receive information on how to complete the 2020 census online or by phone in English and twelve other languages. The approximately 21.8 percent of households who are not likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire with the same invitation and instructions. The latter tend to be households with low internet response rates, a high population over age 65 or a low rate of internet subscriptions.

Find out how your community will receive a 2020 Census invitation or questionnaire here.

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