When an invitation shows up in the mail asking you to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census, don’t throw it out.
It’s not junk mail!
Census season kicks off in March 2020
The U.S. Constitution mandates that an official count of the U.S. population be conducted for Congress every 10 years. That tally plays a huge role in determining the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal and state funds annually.
The next decennial headcount kicks off in earnest beginning March 2020.
Some 95% of U.S. households will receive an invitation by mail to respond to the Census at that time.
However, there are three ways to respond:
- By mail
- Over the phone
The key takeaway for now is this: When a mailer shows up asking you to reply to this headcount, pay attention to it.
If you don’t, you’re sure to get a lot of follow-up mailers and possibly even an in-person visit down the road!
Here’s what the timeline of Census communication will look like in March and April 2020:
|Timeline||What to expect|
|March 12-20||First invitation to respond|
|March 16-24||Reminder letter|
|March 26-April 3||Reminder postcard|
|April 8-16||Reminder letter with paper questionnaire|
|Final postcard reminder|
To learn what kind of questions will be asked — and whether or not you have to answer — see our article titled The upcoming U.S. Census: 6 common questions answered.