HD 102 2020 Census Guide

Local Census Resources

National Census Resources

Additional Language Assistance Resources for Non-Spanish Speakers

Invitation for Census Participation Dates:

  • March 12 - 20: Households receive an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census (some households will receive the paper questionnaires in addition to the invitation to respond online).

  • If you have not responded yet, March 16 - 24: A reminder letter is sent.

  • If you have not responded yet, March 26 - April 3: A reminder postcard is sent.

  • If you have not responded yet, April 8 – 16: A reminder letter and paper questionnaire is sent.

  • If you have not responded yet, April 20 – 27 : A final reminder postcard is sent before the Census Bureau follows up in person.


Ways to Respond:

  • Online

    • Questionnaire MUST be completed in one seating. If respondent breaks off, they must start from the beginning. ​

    • If device is idle for 13 minutes, they will get a pop up that form wll be timing out. 

    • It will be available in English and 12 other languages. 

    • Households can respond online without a unique identififcation numbers. 

  • Mail/paper Questionnaire

  • Phone, via Census Questionnaire Assistance

  • In Person, through an Enumerator

    • If Census Enumerators do visit your home, or the home of your neighbor, landlord, or other 'proxy':​

      • They will never ask to enter the home​.

      • They will identify theselves and wear a U.S. Census Bureau badge.

      • They will only ask questions that are on the questionnaire--this means they will not ask about citizenship, immigration status, or financial information.

      • They will NEVER ask for, or request additional documentation. 

    • How to Verify a Census Taker/Enumerator:

      • First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an experation date. ​

      • If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. 

Census Counts

Counting Young Children

  • Very Young Children are Most Likey to be Excluded from the Census Count

  • Census 2010 missed 2.2 mllion very young children, and double-counted 1.2 million, for a net undercount of 1 million children.

  • Approximately 400,000 young Latino children age 0 to 4 were left uncounted in 2010.

  • The 2010 net undercount rate for young Latino children was 7.1 percent and 6.3 percent for African American children.

  • Source: Child Trends Hispanic Institute and NALEO Educational Fund, the Invisible Ones: How Latino Children are Left out of Nation’s Census Count.

  • Dallas county has the 4th most undercounted children the nation.

  • To help ensure a full count of very young Latino children in Census 2020, it is critical that families and caretakes for these children are aware of how children are counted, including those living in ‘nontraditional’ households.

  • Children should be counted at the household they are living in on April 1, 2020, even if their biological parents are not living in that household. This includes children living with or in:

    • Grandparents, step-parents, or other extended family members.

    • A foster or adoptive family.

    • Unrelated adults.

    • Shared custody arrangements – the child is counted in the household of the custodial parent the child is living with on April 1.

Counting Students

  • Boarding school students below the college level should be counted at the home of their parents or guardians.

  • College students who are living at home should be counted at their home address.

  • College students who live away from home should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are at home on April 1, 2020.

  • U.S. college students who are living and attending college outside the United States are NOT counted in the census.

  • Foreign students living and attending college in the United States should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time.

Counting Military Personnel

  • The Census Bureau will count some military personnel when it conducts its GQ count. This includes people living on or in:

    • Military installations in fenced secured areas.

    • Military ships, such as a Navy or Coast Guard vessel.

  • The Bureau will count military personnel stationed overseas and their family members using information from the Department of Defense’s Manpower Data Center. This data provides the home state of the personnel.

Counting People Experiencing Homelessness

  • The Census Bureau will devote three specific days to counting people who are experiencing homelessness across the country:

  • March 30. 2020: People who are in shelters.

  • March 31, 2020: People at soup kitchens and mobile food vans.

  • April 1, 2020: People in non-sheltered, outdoor locations, such as tent encampments and those on the street.

Census Questionnaire

What the 2020 Census WILL Ask:

  • Name of people in the residence.

  • Number of people living or staying in the house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020

  • Whether the residence is a house, apartment, or mobile home.

  • Telephone number (Keep in mind that you will only be contacted if needed for official Census Bureau business)

  • Sex

  • Age

  • Date of Birth

  • Hispanic Origin

  • Race

  • Relationships of persons in the household, including opposite and same sex spouses and unmarried partners.

What the 2020 Census will NOT Ask:

  • Citizenship Status

  • Immigration Status

  • Social Security Number

  • Permits or licensing of any converted units on property

  • Use of public benefits

  • Criminal background or convictions

  • Bank account or payment information

  • Employment, income, or wealth information

General Information


  • Households can respond online or by telephone without a unique identification number.

  • Paper questionnaires have a barcode (equivalent to the ID number) on every page that tie them to specific addresses.  Use this self-response method if your household did not receive any census materials by mail or in person, you ‘lost’ the materials your household received, or if your household responded but left you off the form.


  • The Census Bureau is counting by HOUSEHOLD, not by families. A household is defined as  a group of people, comprised of family/ies and/or non-relatives, who occupy a single living quarter and consider themselves a unit within that space.

  • Phone Support and Language Assistance Online,  is offered in English and 12 non-English languages:

    • Spanish

    • Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese)

    • Vietnamese

    • Korean

    • Russian

    • Arabic

    • Tagalog

    • Polish

    • French

    • Haitian Creole

    • Portuguese

    • Japanese

Information provided by NALEO & the U.S. Census Bureau. 
For any more information, please visit their websites, or call the HD 102 District Office.