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The 2020 Census: Be Counted!

The 2020 Census is Happening Now! | El Censo 2020

We've got until October 5 to Get Everyone Counted

NEW: You can get help to complete your Census return from a trained Census Taker at a PCL location October 2-5!

Respond Today!
If you haven't responded yet to the 2020 Census, it’s not too late!  You can still self-respond online at, by phone at 844-330-2020 in English or 12 other languages, or by mailing your completed questionnaire.

If You Don’t Have a Census ID
If you respond online, the Census will begin by asking you for a 12-digit Census ID, which is found in the original letter/questionnaire sent out by the Census Bureau in March or April. If you don’t have the letter, or can’t find it, no problem! Just go to and click on If you do not have a Census ID, click here (see image below). Answer a few simple questions and then proceed. If you contact the Census Bureau by phone, tell the representative that you don’t have an ID and they will assist you. 

Because time is running out, the Census Bureau may also contact you in the following ways: 

A Trained Census Taker May Visit Your Home
Starting August 9, the Census Bureau began following up with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. They may return several times. Census takers have been trained in social distancing and safety protocols, will follow local public health guidelines and will wear a face mask when conducting follow-up visits. They will come to your door but not ask to enter your home.

Census Takers carry a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, you can contact also their regional census center at 212-to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

The Census Bureau May Contact You by Phone

The Census Bureau is training Census Takers to follow up with households by phone. If a voicemail is available, the Census Taker will leave a message asking the household to call one of the Census Bureau’s call centers. 

The Census Bureau May Send You an Another Paper Questionnaire in the Mail
In late August or early September, the Census Bureau will mail an additional copy of a paper questionnaire (originally sent out in April) to some households that have yet to respond. The Census Bureau has said it's only processing forms postmarked by Sept. 30 & received by October 7 so act now if you are planning to respond this way.

The Census Bureau May Send You an Email
Emails will go to households in low-responding areas where the Census Bureau has contact information for them. In total, the Census Bureau expects to email more than 20 million households. The email messages will come from and will give recipients the option to opt out of receiving future messages.

Find out more about the 2020 Census at

Providence Community Library is grateful to the RI Complete Count Committee, our Census outreach partners and for a generous grant from the Rhode Island Census 2020 Fund, which supports our outreach work.

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