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Posted on: July 1, 2020

It's Not Too Late to Respond to the 2020 Census

United States Census 2020

Replying to the 2020 Census helps ensure our community receives its share of funds over the next ten years for our schools, hospitals, community service organizations, businesses, and city services.


The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years, and each household is asked to count everyone living in their home as of April 1. In March, invitations to respond to the 2020 Census were mailed to every household in the United States, and reminders were sent to households that hadn’t responded. 

It’s not too late to respond. If you complete the 2020 Census now, no one from the Census Bureau will need to visit your home when in-person Census operations resume.  Every household has the option to respond online, by phone, or by mail. 

Census mailing 1 frontExample of Census invitation mailed to households in March 2020

Three easy ways to respond

  1. Online at www.my2020census.gov. There are 13 different language options. Responding will take ten minutes or less. You will use a Census ID code from the mailing but if you misplace your code, you can still complete the census. 
  2. By mail using the U.S. Census form that was mailed to households who have not previously responded. 
  3. By phone. Call 844.330.2020, or call the number associated with your preferred language. Get language support phone numbers.

The Census is like planning for a party

If you were planning food for a party, you would ask “How many people will be there?” The Census count is similar: states and communities receive federal funds for services that benefit us all, and Coralville’s share of that money is based on our population, ages, and what services our community is likely to need. 

Your 2020 Census response guides how these funds will be distributed over the next ten years. When you respond to the Census, you help make sure that Coralville receives our share of these funds.

If the Census Bureau must visit my home to count my household, what COVID-19 precautions will they take?

Due to COVID-19, U.S. Census Bureau employees will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distance to protect the health and safety of the public and Census Bureau employees during in-person operations. 

What if I don’t have internet access? 

Coralville residents can borrow laptops for use in the Library parking lot, and computers are available to use in the Library.  Call 319.248.1870 to reserve a laptop or make a computer lab reservation.

Don’t let language be a barrier

When you respond online, the website will guide you through each census question. The census form is available in English and 12 additional languages. Videos and guides to the form are available in 59 languages. Language support

Can I see Census response rates?

The US Census Bureau has an online map of the rates of household responses to the 2020 Census. As of mid-June, over 70% of all Coralville households had responded. View 2020 Census response rate map

What will I be asked?  

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 is not a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.

Five things to know about the 2020 Census

  1. The 2020 Census is easy to take online, by phone, or mail.
  2. The census is safe. All responses submitted online are encrypted to protect your privacy. Your responses are 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.
  3. Census data helps cities plan for the future, including Coralville!
  4. It impacts things that benefit you. Funding for Pell Grants, Head Start, Medicaid, school lunch programs, SNAP, and much more is distributed based on Census data. We’re talking about $675 billion each year across the nation!
  5. The census is about representation. The results determine how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives, and states redraw congressional and state legislative district boundaries based on population shifts.

Who counts in your household

  • Count every person living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020, regardless of their nationality or living situation, and no matter where they are from, what language they speak, or citizenship status.
  • People without a permanent residence who stayed temporarily with a friend or family on April 1 should be counted at that address.
  • If you are a renter, count yourself where you live. Don’t forget any family or roommates living there. Everyone needs to be counted.
  • Count all children, including babies, who usually live and sleep at your home. If they split time evenly between two households, count them where they were on April 1.
  • Count newborn babies at the home where they will live and sleep most of the time, even if they were still in the hospital on April 1.
  • College students not living in a dorm should be counted at their off-campus address, even if they go to their parents’ home for school breaks.
  • If you recently moved, count yourself at your new address if you moved by April 1.
  • Service members who don’t live in military barracks and aren’t deployed or stationed outside the U.S. should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time.
  • Residents of a group facility: the Census Bureau will work with representatives to ensure people living in college dorms, nursing homes, group homes, shelters, psychiatric facilities, correctional facilities, and military barracks are counted.

Who is in charge of 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.

Learn more

For more information, visit 2020census.gov

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