Collecting the information
In mid-March, census forms will be mailed to all U.S. households. In places where there is no standard address, such as on some country roads or on Indian reservations, census workers will deliver the forms by hand.
People can respond to the census in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.
From May to July, census-takers will visit homes that haven’t responded to collect the information. Census workers will also visit homeless shelters, soup kitchens and streets to collect information about homeless Americans.
Keeping information safe
Sometimes people are afraid to share their information. Census officials said the personal information collected will not be released to the public.
For example, people who have come to the United States from other countries might not want to let the government know they’re in the U.S. But census forms will not be shared with other parts of the government.
Each person who works for the U.S. Census Bureau must take an oath, or promise, never to share any information they learn about any individual.
Take a census
You and your classmates can become enumerators (ee-NOOM-er-ay-tors), or census-takers, in your classroom. Cut out this form and make a copy for each student. When you get the completed forms back, you’ll be able to see valuable information about your class!
Question No. 1
What is your age and date of birth? _______ ______________ (example: 09)
Question No. 2
How many people live in your home? _______
Question No. 3
Do you live in a city or in the country? ______________
Question N0. 4
How many pets do you have? _______
Question No. 5
How many people in your family work outside the home? _______
Question No. 6
Will your family participate in the 2020 census? Yes _______ No _______ (check one)
Tally, or count up, your answers and do some math to get an average answer for each question.
For example, what is the average age in your classroom? _______