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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Complete the 2020 Census?

In March 2020, all households will receive information in the mail about completing the 2020 Census. In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online. You can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer.

What Information Will Be Collected?

The Census collects basic information about everyone, of all ages, living in each household on April 1, 2020.

How Does the Census Protect My Privacy?

Strict federal law protects your census responses and your personally identifiable information. The Census Bureau will never ask for Social Security numbers or bank or credit card account information. No law enforcement agency (including DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions.

Are There Citizenship Questions on the Census?

A citizenship question was proposed for the 2020 Census but was blocked by the courts. The 2020 Census will not include any questions about citizenship. School officials, if asked, should assure families that the census will not collect immigration information and that they do not put themselves at risk by responding to the census.

Where Can I Learn More?

Learn more about the 2020 Census at or Statistics in Schools at