U. S. Census 2020


Stand up and be counted!

Deadline for responding: September 30, 2020

Take time now to respond to the U. S. Census and help shape the future of your community. 

The ten minutes you spend doing so helps ensure that your community has the resources it needs for critical services such as clinics and hospitals, schools, emergency responders, roads and transportation.  It also helps ensure that your community has an adequate number of elected officials to represent its needs and interests in the state and federal governments.  Visit Count Me In: Census 2020 for detailed information about the impact census data will have on the people of San Antonio and Bexar County.

Responding to the census is an easy way to make a positive impact on your community.

What information does the Census ask for?

Is there a citizenship question on the 2020 Census?

There is not a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

Information the Census Bureau will never ask for
  • your full Social Security number
  • your bank account or credit card numbers
  • money or donations
  • anything on behalf of a political party

How do I respond to the U. S. Census?

By phone  
By mail

Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in March. These official Census Bureau mailings included detailed information and a Census ID for completing the Census online.  In mid-April, the Census Bureau began mailing paper questionnaires to homes that have not yet responded online or by phone.  Follow instructions on the form.


You must complete the census in one sitting, as you don't have the ability to save your progress

To prepare you may wish to:

When you are ready: 

  • Go to my2020census.gov.
  • Select your language at the bottom of the page before starting.
  • It will only take about 10 minutes to complete the census. 

Who is counted? 

  • You should be counted where you were living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020.  
  • Your household. If you are responding for your home, count everyone who was living and sleeping there most of the time as of April 1, 2020.  This includes young children, foster children, roommates, and any family members or friends who are living with you, even temporarily.  Only one person should respond for each home.
  • COVID-19. If someone was staying with you temporarily on April 1, 2020 because of the  COVID-19 situation, they should be counted where they usually live.  This includes college students, who should still be counted at school, even if they are home early because of the pandemic.  If they live in student housing, the college will count them.  If they live off campus, they should complete the census for their off-campus address and include roommates or other people living there.  For more information about students, visit the "Specific Circumstances" section of the 2020 Census' Who to Count webpage.
  • No other home. If someone was staying with you on April 1 who doesn’t have a usual home elsewhere, include them in your response. 
  • Non-citizens. Citizens of foreign countries who are living in the United States, including members of the diplomatic community, should be counted at the U.S. residence where they live and sleep most of the time.
  • Foreign visitors. Citizens of foreign countries who are temporarily visiting the United States on vacation or business on April 1, 2020, should not be counted.
  • Graduates. Congratulations to 2020 high school and college graduates! Stand up and be counted. For more information:   2020 Grads

How do I confirm the paper form I received in the mail is legitimate?

  • return address will say "U.S. Census Bureau" and "U.S. Department of Commerce," which is the Census Bureau's parent agency.
  • The return address will also show: U.S. Census Bureau, National Processing Center., 100 Logistics Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN 47144
  • The enclosed envelope for mailing the completed paper questionnaire will be addressed to either Jeffersonville, IN, or Phoenix, AZ, where the Census Bureau has mail processing centers. 

For more information

For more information go to: 2020 Census

League Census education materials

League brochures:

U.S. Census 2020: Be Counted (pdf) | Censo De EE.UU. 2020: Ser Contado (pdf)

Census Quiz: 

Quiz: Census 2020 (pdf) | Quiz: Census 2020 (docx)

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