60% of U.S. households, who prefer online method, have responded to the 2020 Census

It’s not too late, there’s still time to fill out the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail! 

The 2020 Census is on track with more than 60 percent of U.S. households responding to the questionnaire—that’s nearly 89 million responses. Efforts are underway to get an accurate count of all diverse communities in this nation. 

Four out of every five households that have responded chose to do so online at 2020census.gov, the Census Bureau reported. 

“Thank you, America, for keeping us on track. But we’re not done yet. Now, we need your help to meet the final goal of counting all people in the United States,” Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham stated in a video addressing the nation.  

Most households began receiving an invitation in the mail to respond to the 2020 Census in March, followed by reminders and a paper questionnaire. In August, census takers will begin to visit households who have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau has resumed some field operations in select geographic areas since early May, while keeping in mind the health and safety of their staff and the public. All returning staff will receive training on social distancing protocols and personal protective equipment.  

“Responding to the 2020 Census is something you can do while safe at home and practicing social distancing,” Dillingham said. You may watch Director Dillingham’s full remarks in the video linked here.  

The Census Bureau’s online response rates map shows response rates by state, city, county and census tract. As of May 25, 2020: 

  • Madison, Wis., is the city with the highest internet self-response rate. 
  • Minnesota and Utah have the highest internet response rates among states. 

The 10 states with the highest self-response rates are: 

1. Minnesota – 70.0% 

2. Wisconsin – 67.4% 

3. Iowa – 66.9% 

4. Michigan – 66.7% 

5. Nebraska – 66.5% 

6. Washington – 65.4% 

7. Ohio – 65.3% 

8. Illinois – 65.2% 

8. Virginia – 65.2% 

9. Indiana – 64.9% 

The 10 cities/municipalities with 250,000 or more population with the highest self-response rates are: 

1. Lincoln, Neb. – 72.8% 

2. Louisville/Jefferson County Metro, Ky. – 71.6% 

3. Madison, Wis. – 70.6% 

4. Seattle, Wash. – 69.8% 

5. Henderson, Nev. – 69.3% 

6. St. Paul, Minn. – 69.2% 

7. San Jose, Calif. – 68.5% 

8. Portland, Ore. – 67.8% 

9. Virginia Beach, Va. – 67.6% 

9. Minneapolis, Minn. – 67.6% 

9. Colorado Springs, Colo. – 67.6% 

The Census Bureau strongly encourages the public to respond online at 2020census.gov. Households can respond online or by phone in English or 12 other languages. Households can also respond by mail using the paper questionnaire mailed to nonresponding address. To see a revised timeline for the census, visit the 2020 Census operational adjustments page. 

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