10 Minutes for 10 Years

It takes just 10 minutes to answer simple questions that will shape your community for the next 10 years. 


How to Take the Census


A sample copy of the 2020 Census Questionnaire can be found HERE

Filling out the Census Is Quick Easy and Safe. In 2020, households will have three options to respond. 

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Online – Respond online using the internet or smartphone by going to my2020census.gov.

Phone – Respond over the telephone by calling the census call center at 1-844-330-2020.

Mail – you can fill out the census questionnaire in English or Spanish and mail the form, postage-free, back to the Census Bureau. If you need the form in another language, forms are available on-line in seven different languages. Additional paper questionnaires will not be available from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Beginning March 18, 2020 in support of slowing the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 Census field operations will be suspended for four weeks until April 15, 2020. The Census Bureau will continue to evaluate all 2020 Census operations to decide if additional adjustments need to be made. For more information, click HERE. The 2020 Census will still be available to fill out online at my2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020 during this time. 

Households across Montana should begin receiving their initial invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in the mail or left on their front door between March 12-20, 2020. Depending on how likely your area is to respond online, you'll receive either invitation letter encouraging you to respond online or an invitation to respond online along with a paper questionnaire. Households that have mail sent to a post office box (P.O box) will not receive a mailing. Instead, a packet will be hung on the household door.

Households include houses, apartments, cabins, mobile homes, and pretty much any place where people live in the Montana. In areas where most of housing units do not have mail delivered to their physical location, census workers will leave questionnaire packages at every identified housing unit. The census process also includes special provisions to count people who are homeless and those in other types of living quarters, such as college dorms, military barracks, ships, prisons, nursing homes, and homeless shelters. Due to COVID-19 the U.S. Census Bureau is currently contacting all group quarters administrators and encouraging them to choose a way to count their residents that requires less in person contact such as e-response, paper listing, or self-enumeration by the facility. Students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to campus closures. Colleges and universities are being asked to contact their students to remind them to respond. For more information, click HERE.

Every household that hasn't already responded will continue to receive additional reminders from March 16- April 18. If a household does not self-respond to the questionnaire, a U.S. Census Bureau employee will come to the door to collect the household's 2020 response starting in early May. 

For the latest information on the U.S. Census Bureau's operation strategies, click HERE

Why An Accurate Census Count Is Important For Montana


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For every Montana resident counted, the Census estimates the state will receive nearly $2,000 per person each year in federal funding. The $20,000 per person coming into the state over the next decade is used in every Montana county for medical assistance, educational programs, need-based support, infrastructure, highway planning and over 300 other programs. Spending just a few minutes to complete your Census form will help ensure Montana gets its fair share of federal funding. Filling out the form is quick, easy, safe and important.


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Apportionment and Redistricting

Census data is used to define legislative districts, establish school districts and guide decision making in many other functional areas of government. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Census is used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Montana is one of the states on the cusp of gaining an additional congressperson, so getting a complete count is more important than ever.


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Census data is used to inform community decisions. Think of it like a snapshot of who we are as a community every decade. Data for each area are crucial to many planning decisions, such as where to provide services for seniors, where to build new roads and schools and where to locate job training centers. Census data is also used by organizations to obtain grant funding for key programs helping Montanans.


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Click HERE to view hundreds of locations where the Census can be taken. From public libraries, to health centers, to foodbanks, and businesses throughout the community there will be computers and internet access available to fill out the form and be counted.

Becoming a "Be Counted" site is easy, there's just a few simple steps to follow.

  • Have a building that the public and people with disabilities can access such as a business, organization headquarters, community center or at a public event.
  • Provide access to a computer, tablet, or phone from mid- March to early May.
  • Have Internet that requires password protected wifi.
  • Make sure all software is current and internet browsers are up to date.
  • Have someone available to help operate the computer. *Remember only Census Bureau employees may collect responses from individuals since they are sworn for life under the law to keep an individual's responses confidential. Assistant should not enter a person's responses for them or watch them enter their responses. 

For More Information and Guidelines Click HERE

To Become a "Be Counted" Site Click HERE