March 12, 2020


Starting today, households can officially start filling out the 2020 Census.

CENSUS 2020 IS HERE! Starting today, March 12th, through March 20th, households will begin receiving mail from the U.S. Census Bureau with their Census ID to take the census questionnaire online. The census is a nationwide survey that happens every ten years and every person living in the United States must participate. The census will determine how $1.5 trillion in federal funding is used towards programs like public transportation, education, and public health centers. 

To see official samples of the official letter envelope and letter invitation.

Click here for information from the U.S. Census Bureau >>>

Not sure where to go from there? Here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Where do I take the 2020 Census online? The census can be taken online at Click "Start Questionnaire" and then enter the Census ID you received in the mail. Below is what the page should look like. 

  • How do I know I'm on the right website? If the link ends with .gov, it is official. Check to see there is an https:// in your browser as well (you may need to click on the link in the browser bar to confirm this).

    Click here for more steps on how to verify your survey >>>

  • I live with multiple people. Do we each need to fill out the census? Each household should have one person fill out the census for the entire household. That means if you live with your family, only one family member needs to fill it out for every person you live with. If you live with roommates, only one roommate should fill out the census for every person living in that residency etc. 

  • Do I have to take the census online? No, you are also able to take the census by phone or by paper form.

  • Is my data safe?  Your responses are confidential and cannot be shared by anybody. Citizenship status will also not be asked on the official census.

    Click here for more details >>>

  • Why am I receiving multiple letters from the U.S. Census Bureau? During March 12-20, some households will receive both a letter invitation to take the census online as well as a paper questionnaire. If you do not take the census by that time, you may receive follow-up letters reminding you to fill out the census. 

    Click here for sample letters and a timeline for when they will be sent>>>

  • What do I do if I want language assistance when filling out the census? The online form will be available in 13 languages and the paper form will be available in English and Spanish. Language assistance will also be available over the phone.

    Click here for official Census Questionnaire Assistance Phone Numbers >>>
    Click here for translated resources >>>
    Click here for NHPI resources >>>
    Bookmark this page for upcoming in-language resource pages >>>

  • Why are people calling April 1st Census Day? April 1st is the official Census Day of action! While you can officially start taking the census today (March 12th), April 1st serves as a reminder to not only fill out the census but to also guarantee resources for your communities! You will still be able to fill out the Census through July.

Still want to know more about the 2020 Census? Watch our 2-minute explainer video. This video also has been translated into 26 languages: English, Bengali, Burmese, Chamorro, Mandarin, Cantonese, Chuukese, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Marshallese, Nepali, Palauan, Punjabi, Samoan, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, Urdu, Vakaviti, Vietnamese.

For more information and translated resources go to or visit

Did you fill out the Census? Use the official hashtag #2020Census and #AAPI2020 to tell us why! Make sure to tag us @APIAVote.