SUPPORT FOR LANGUAGES: The 2020 Census questionnaire will be available online and by phone in English and 12 additional languages: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.
LANGUAGE GUIDES: To help ensure a complete count of everyone, the Census Bureau will provide video language guides, print language guides and language glossaries in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, Braille, and Large Print.
March 12-20: Initial invitations to respond online and by phone will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with the invitation to respond online or over the phone.
March 16-24: Reminder letters will be delivered.
March 26-April 3: Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded.
April 8-16: Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded.
April 20-27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded before census takers follow up in person.
May 13-July 31: If a household does not respond to any of the invitations, a census taker will follow up in person.
In order to get as many people counted, read more about how different states are investing in how their populations will know about the 2020 Census. From The New York Times: In 2020 Census, Big Efforts in Some States. In Others, Not So Much.
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If you are completing the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day). That means everyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time.
You may have questions about how people in some special circumstances are counted on the 2020 Census, including people who move on Census Day, people born on Census Day, military members, and more.
Click the link below to find out who you should count on your census form.
A freshman living on campus in student housing. A junior varsity athlete sharing an off-campus house with teammates. A senior living solo in an off-campus apartment. Even though many residents of a typical American college town might move away after they graduate, they have to be counted while they live there.
College towns across the country depend on students' responses to the census. The reason: Census results help determine how much federal funding communities will receive over the next 10 years.
"Young college students may be going off on their own for the first time, and when they see a postcard or a census worker and are asked to take the census, they may not understand that they're supposed to take it where they're living."
-- Evan Curtis, state planning coordinator and co-chair of the Utah Complete Count Committee
A complete and accurate count in 2020 is so important that the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring an estimated 500,000 temporary employees to ensure everyone is counted.
"I have the recruiting staff go to the student unions at least once a week (if the schools allow them to) and set up a recruiting table," said Marquette Youngblood, recruiting coordinator in the Dallas Regional Census Center.
To read more about how: college students should be counted 2020 Census jobs are a great opportunity for students to earn extra income while completing their studies--and to help ensure their college town is counted in 2020, continue reading .