It's not too late to fill out the 2020 Census

About 64 million households across the nation have received a paper questionnaire as the U.S. Census Bureau continues to ensure responding to the census is easier than ever.

“It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online at, over the phone, or by mail — all without having to meet a census taker. It’s something everyone can do while practicing social distancing at home to make a difference today, tomorrow and the next 10 years," said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham.

While many households have responded online to the 2020 Census, some may prefer to receive a paper questionnaire.

Some areas where census takers were originally going to hand-deliver forms in person have now received a letter in the mail from the Census Bureau reminding them to participate, including many households in Puerto Rico.

Households receiving the paper questionnaire can still respond online or by phone, or they can return it by mail in the enclosed envelope. They can choose to respond online at in English or 12 other languages, or receive assistance through language guides and videos available in 59 languages. When you respond online, use the Census ID from the letter or provide your address.

“Once you have responded, please encourage your family, friends and loved ones to complete the census too,” Dillingham said.

The public should respond for the number of people living at that address as of April 1.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and it’s key to shaping the future of communities. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers for public services and infrastructure like hospitals, emergency response, schools and bridges over the next 10 years.

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The 2020 Census is open for self-response online at, over the phone by calling the number provided in your invitation, or by paper through the mail.