What You Should Know

In March 2020, your household will receive an invitation to participate in the Census. You’ll have three options to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. Census Day is April 1, 2020. 

See Other Important Dates.
How the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond.
Mail Contact Strategies Map,

Who Counts on My Census? 

To ensure a complete and accurate count, the Census Bureau counts people at their usual residence, which is the place where they live and sleep most of the time, with a few exceptions. People who do not have a usual residence should be counted where they are on Census Day (April 1, 2020).

The Census Bureau has special procedures to count people who live in more complex situations, including: people experiencing homelessness, students, people in correctional facilities, active duty service members, and people living in shelters. 

Find out more about Who to Count on My Census.
See an example of the Census 2020 Form.

Where to Get Help

All Contra Costa County and City of Richmond libraries will have computers and resources to help with completing your census form. In addition, another 45 locations throughout the County are available as Questionnaire Assistance locations. 

Census Workers in My Neighborhood

Starting in 2019, you may begin to notice census workers in your neighborhood. This is a normal part of the 2020 Census preparation and data collection process. Census field representatives will also continue to collect information for the American Community Survey (ACS) and other ongoing surveys. 

Learn more about Census workers, including how to verify the identify of a Census Worker.

Avoiding Fraud and Scams

The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy, and safe for all participants. Here are some tips to help you stay safe.

The Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your social security number
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers
  • Money or donations - including requests for political donations

Learn more about avoiding frauds and scams.

Partner with Us

Your business, church, school, or non-profit agency can help make sure we get a full count. Learn more...

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