2020 U.S. Census

If people are unable to fill out the 2020 Census online because NOLS computers are down:

1. The self-reporting website is currently scheduled to be open until at least 10/31/2020. People can self-respond when libraries reopen.

2. People can call 844-330-2020 to report over the phone (7am-2am Eastern Time);
See https://2020census.gov/en/contact-us.html for phone numbers that direct patrons to call centers in other languages.

Census 2020 Logo
Census Twitter Feed

The census asks questions that provide a snapshot of the nation. Census results affect your voice in government, how much funding your community receives, and how your community plans for the future.

When you fill out the census, you help:

  • Determine how many seats each state gets in Congress

  • Determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year, including grants to states under the Library Services and Technology Act.

  • Create jobs

  • Provide housing

  • Prepare for emergencies

  • Build schools, roads and hospitals

Census Timeline

  • March 12-20:
    Invitation postcards sent to households

  • March 16 – April 4:
    Reminder letters sent

  • April 1:
    Census Day

  • April 8 – May 9:
    Reminder letters with paper surveys sent to households that have not responded online
  • Aug. 11 – Oct. 31:
    In-person follow-up visits by Census enumerators

Helpful Videos

2020 Census Bureau YouTube Channel
2020 U.S. Census

The census asks questions that provide a snapshot of the nation. Census results affect your voice in government, how much funding your community receives, and how your community plans for the future.

Census Timeline

  • March 12-20:
    Invitation postcards sent to households

  • March 12:
    Census website goes live

  • March 16 – April 4:
    Reminder letters sent

  • April 1:
    Census Day

  • April 8 – May 9:
    Reminder letters with paper surveys sent to households that have not responded online
  • Aug. 11 – Oct. 31:
    In-person follow-up visits by Census enumerators

When you fill out the census, you help:

  • Determine how many seats each state gets in Congress

  • Determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year, including grants to states under the Library Services and Technology Act.

  • Create jobs

  • Provide housing

  • Prepare for emergencies

  • Build schools, roads and hospitals

Helpful Resources

Census Twitter Feed

Videos

2020 Census Bureau YouTube Channel

Library Programs

Library Resources