***Updated April 14, 2020 to include information about in-person 2020 Census operations***
The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape your future.
Households will receive an invitation in the mail. Every household has the option of responding online, by phone, or by mail. Reminders will be sent to households that haven’t responded.
Example of Census invitation mailed to households March 12-20
Bring your mailed census invitation to a public library in Johnson County. Computers will be available to complete the census.
When you respond online, the website will guide you through each census question. The census form will be available in English and 12 additional languages. Videos and guides to the form are available in 59 languages.
What you will get in the mail:
*Sent to those who haven’t responded to previous mailings
If you do not respond online, by phone, or mail, Census workers will follow up in person beginning in June with households that haven’t responded.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations to protect the health and safety of the public and Census Bureau employees. In-person activities, including all interaction with the public, enumeration, office work, and processing activities, will incorporate the most current guidance to promote the health and safety of staff and the public. This will include recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing practices.
You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people living in your home, including children.
The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties. There will not be a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the census. Cities, counties, libraries, universities, and even some non- profit organizations help inform residents about the census.
All responses submitted online are encrypted to protect your privacy. Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by landlords, any government agency, or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.
The US Census Bureau has an online map of the rates of household responses to the 2020 Census online, by mail, or by phone. View 2020 Census response rate map
For more information, visit 2020census.gov.