It takes just 10 minutes to answer 9 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.
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.