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Census 2020 Resource Guide: Be Counted

Census 2020 Resource Guide, in English and Spanish, provides information and resources for students and New Jersey/Middlesex County/Rutgers University residents.

 Census 2020: You Count. Be Counted. 

Fill Out your Census On-line Here!

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations

See revised calendar below.

Count in Your Language

Is the Census available in other languages? YES! 

Over 99% of the nation's households speak English or one of these 12 languages: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

The Census Bureau is providing multiple ways to respond and reaching out through advertising, outreach materials, and web content in each of these languages.


The census questionnaire will be available in English and these 12 Languages.


Call centers will be able to answer questions and take census responses in English and these 12 languages. Each language will have a dedicated phone number.


The census materials arriving by mail will include a short phrase in English and these 12 languages inviting people to respond online or by phone in their language.

  In Person

The Census Bureau is hiring census takers who speak the language(s) of their community. Census takers will follow up in person with households that don't respond on their own.

Beyond the 12 Languages

The Census Bureau will help people respond in 59 non-English languages by providing:

  • Video language guides that are narrated in 59 non-English languages to help people respond online.
  • Print language guides that are written in 59 non-English languages to help people complete the English paper questionnaire.
  • Census takers with a Language Identification Card that features a brief statement in the 59 non-English languages. If the census taker encounters a language barrier at the door, they can request that a census taker who speaks the household's language return to complete the interview.
  • Glossaries with translations of key words related to the 2020 Census to help communities create additional materials.

Census By Phone: Toll-free Numbers

English: 844-330-2020
Spanish: 844-468-2020
Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
Korean: 844-392-2020
Russian: 844-417-2020
Arabic: 844-416-2020
Tagalog: 844-478-2020
Polish: 844-479-2020
French: 844-494-2020
Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
Portuguese: 844-474-2020
Japanese: 844-460-2020
English (Puerto Rico residents): 844-418-2020
Spanish (Puerto Rico residents): 844-426-2020
Telephone Display Device (TDD): 844-467-2020

Response Rates

Timeline Changes to 2020 Census operations

The Census Bureau has modified deadlines as follows:

  • Collection of data extended to October 31.
  • Residents can respond online, by phone, or by mail.
  • Reminder postcard mailings July 22 - 28.
  • Door-to-door follow-up begins in August.
  • Online and contactless outreach supports a complete count.
  • Homeless count on site is September 22 – 24.
  • Off campus housing enumeration efforts happening now.
  • Mobile operations in under counted areas coming soon.
  • New communication campaign rolling out this month.

How to Be Counted

By April 1, 2020, every home should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:

Online (computer, tablet, phone)

Phone  OR   Mail


 Will the 2020 Census include a question about citizenship?  NO! 

You may have heard that the Census might ask who is and isn’t a citizen, but that question was not approved by our legal system. Everyone has a right to fill out the Census.

Facts to Know

Who is counted?

  • EVERYONE living in the United States – no matter their immigration status.  
  • 6 months of US residency required (most of the year) 

  • Residence on April 1, 2020 is the address to report






What will the 2020 Census count?

9 Questions

  1. Number of people living or staying in respondent’s home as of April 1, 2020 

  2. Additional people living or staying in the home

  3. Whether the home is owned, with or without a mortgage, or rented 

  4. Respondent’s telephone number (for Census Bureau follow up)

  5. Names of each person in the household and their relationship to the respondent 

  6. Residents’ sex

  7. Residents' age and birthdate

  8. Whether the person is “of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin”

  9. Residents’ race 

Why the Census Matters

● It’s about   FAIR REPRESENTATION : After the Census is taken, the population count is used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts – including the House of Representatives for each state.

● It’s about  FUNDING : Census data is used to distribute billions of dollars in funding to state and local governments—including funding for schools, roads, and local services that help keep our communities strong.

● It’s about the   FUTURE : Population data is used to plan where to build new schools, hospitals, supermarkets, and other local businesses.

● Ultimately the Census matters because  WE ALL COUNT! – it is our job to participate in our democracy and claim the resources and political representation that is our right!

How to Complete It


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