The U.S. Census Bureau is sending reminder postcards this week to an estimated 34.3 million households. This will be the final mailing before census takers begin visiting non-responding households across the nation in mid August. Responding now minimizes the need for census takers to visit homes to collect responses in person. More than 92 million or 62.3 percent of households have already responded.
Citizens are strongly encouraged to respond online at 2020Census.gov or may respond via phone by calling 844-330-2020. Phone lines are open from 6:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. (Central) and are answered 7 days a week.
Households that do not respond on their own will soon have census takers visiting their homes to ask questions in person, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 11.
The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the nationwide start of census taker visits from mid-May to mid-August. This gave the Census Bureau the chance to send one more reminder to households encouraging them to respond on their own.
Emails may also be sent by the Bureau to low-responding areas motivating them to respond.
Millions of emails will be sent and then grow in numbers and continue into September. These emails will supplement a final campaign reminding people to respond.
Inviting people to respond, those who receive an email should click on the link provided and complete the census online. The messages will come from firstname.lastname@example.org and will give recipients the option to opt out of receiving future messages.
Groups that tend not to respond, and who have been historically under-counted, include renters, people with low incomes, and ethnic or racial minorities. Oct. 31 is the deadline for households to respond and be counted in the 2020 Census.