Did You Receive Your 2020 Census Mailer?

Posted on March 27, 2020

Invitations to self-respond to the Census went out March 12.   See Sample Self-Response Mailer, See Sample Census Questionnaire.

You can respond online, by phone, or by mailer.  Read more about the three ways you can respond to the 2020 Census.

To respond online, you will need the code provided in the mailing you receive. Paper forms will still be available, and phone numbers will soon be available to give responses over the phone.  (English – 844-330-2020, Spanish – 844-468-2020, Chinese (Mandarin) –  844-391-2020, etc. check back for more phone numbers!) Census 2020 Website – 2020census.gov

Census 101: What You Need to Know

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Wondering how COVID-19 will affect the 2020 Census? Indeed, it has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.

Here are some changes that have been made to census activities, to adjust to current conditions:

• Census Mailers went out starting on March 12th. Online, phone or mail response to the Census is unaffected and proceeding as planned.
• Adjustments to group quarters counting to make sure college students are counted even if their schools have closed due to virus.
• U.S. Census Bureau is delaying the Mobile Questionnaire Assistance program start date from March 30 to April 13. This program is where the Census would send assistance to public events or locations where people naturally gather such as festivals, fairs, etc.
• Early Non-response Followup operation, where an ‘in person’ census taker will visit households that have not responded yet, is delayed from April 9 to April 23.

Full announcement is here: https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/press-releases/statement-college-students.html


Why the Census is Important & Safe

Once every decade, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population to count everyone in the United States and record basic information about them. Our nation’s founders believed these data were so important that they mandated the decennial census in the Constitution. Data collected from the Census not only determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives but also how $675 billion dollars in federal funding is allocated annually.  Its count is also used for an accurate and fair redistricting of state legislative seats, county and municipal councils, and voting districts.

In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online and by phone, but you can still respond by mail if you prefer. Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual or business.

Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, or any other agency) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.

The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank or credit card account numbers, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.


Avoiding Phishing & Other Fraud Attempts https://2020census.gov/en/avoiding-fraud.html

Video: “What is the Census”   https://2020census.gov/en/what-is-2020-census.html

FAQs on 2020 Census  https://www2.census.gov/about/partners/general/2020-faqs.pdf?#

Census 2020 job opportunities  https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html

Questions about New Jersey’s complete count initiatives can be addressed to 609-777-2581.

Source: NJ Dept. of Community Affairs

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]