Final 2020 Census Reminder Postcards to Be Mailed Out Before Census Takers Begin Visiting Homes


The U.S. Census Bureau will be 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. The Bureau says responding now minimizes the need for census takers to visit homes to collect responses in person.

According to the Census Bureau’s online map that tracks the nation’s participation in the census, more than 92 million households (or 62.3 percent of households) have already responded either online, by phone, or by mail. 

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the nationwide start of census taker visits from mid-May to mid-August, giving the Census Bureau the chance to send one more reminder to households encouraging them to respond on their own. A select number of areas will be part of the soft launch of the census taker visits as early as mid- and late July. The postcard is one reminder in a series of reminders that the Census Bureau has mailed non-responding households since mid-March urging them to respond.

The Census Bureau says the public is able to complete the census survey online at Households can respond online or by phone in English or 12 other languages as well as by mail using the paper questionnaire that was mailed in April to most non-responding addresses. Households can continue to respond on their own until these visits conclude on October 31.

Households that have already responded may disregard the reminder postcard if they receive it. A small number of households that have already responded will receive a census taker visit as part of 2020 Census quality checks.