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The United States 2020 Census

When you respond, we all benefit.

Answer Online, by Mail or Phone


Census timetable


Look for a postcard from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions in Mid-March.

Your participation matters for yourself, your family, and your community!

Completing the census questionnaire makes a difference for the next ten years. Help ensure our community will have improved access to housing, healthcare, schools, community programs, transportation, and government representation by completing the census questionnaire. Include everyone living and sleeping in your home on your census questionnaire — regardless of age, gender, relationship to you, or citizenship/immigration status. 

The 2020 census is your chance to make your voice heard. The Constitution ensures equal representation for all by empowering the people of America through the census process: the counting of everyone living in the United States every ten years.  Make sure everyone in your household is counted in the census.


Your answers to the census questionnaire are protected by law! All identifiable information about you, your home, and the people in your household will not be released to anyone; including your landlord, the City of San José, the Internal Revenue Service [IRS], Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE], or law enforcement. The Census Bureau is required by law to protect and keep your information confidential [see Title 13 of the U.S. Code].

You will be asked to give basic information about each individual living or staying with you.  The questions on the Informational Census Questionnaire include:

  • The total number of people living at your address
  • If you own or rent your home
  • Each person’s name, gender, and race/ethnicity 


The 2020 census will be digital! The online questionnaire will be available in 12 languages [Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Japanese]; phone assistance will also be available in these languages. If you need assistance or do not have a computer or internet access, you can get the help you need at a City library or community center. Please contact The United Way to learn about low-cost internet programs in your area by calling 2-1-1 or online.

If you don’t complete the census in April 2020, a census worker will visit your home to make sure everyone is counted. Census workers will be out in our community starting in May 2020. Every census worker will have an ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark. Census workers will NEVER ASK FOR YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, BANK ACCOUNT OR CREDIT CARD NUMBER. Census workers will not ask you for money/donation or contact you on behalf of a political party. If you are in doubt about a visitor or suspect fraud, call the U.S. Census Bureau at (855) 562-2020.

Get your questions answered!



Vilcia Rodriguez



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Get involved... 

Would you like to help ensure a complete count of San José residents? You can get involved as a census ambassador, community partner, or census worker.

The City of San José is working with non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations, schools and colleges, and the media to educate and motivate residents to take part in the census.

The census is hiring for jobs in the Summer of 2020, starting at $30.00/hr. Learn more and apply. For questions or application assistance, please contact or call 408.794.1199 or Toll-Free at 877.880.1222.