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Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. Invitations to participate will arrive from either a postal worker or census worker. Learn more about how the Census will invite everyone to respond.
If you are technology inclined but lack internet access, the Geneva Public Library will offer computer access to anyone needing to complete their census form. Simply visit the Library during its normal business hours and ask a staff member for additional instructions.For those unable to respond online, you’ll have the option of responding via phone or a paper survey.
No. The Census Bureau will not email or text people for the 2020 Census. Beware of scams.
Even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau, if you live in the United States you are required by law to participate.
Congratulations on welcoming your new bundle of joy! If your baby was born on or before April 1, 2020, remember to count him/her on the 2020 Census. Learn more on the U.S. Census Bureau handout.
During the 2010 Census, as many as 1 million children were not accounted for. There is no reason why children should be unaccounted for in the census. If your child truly spends equal time between both homes, the child should be counted where he/she stayed on April 1, 2020. If a timesharing agreement is temporary or unclear, the parent or guardian of the child shall count the child if they are with them on April 1, 2020, grandparents with custody included. Learn more on the U.S. Census Bureau handout.
When responding to the 2020 Census, college students should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time as of April 1, 2020. For most students, that means in their college town, not back home with their parents. Parents or guardians should only include children in college who live with them full time during the school year. Learn more about accounting for college students on the U.S. Census Bureau website.
According to Census data, more than 21.5% of people speak a language other than English, and 8.5% of those residing in the United States speak English less than “very well.” All homes will receive a Language Assistance sheet with toll-free numbers for 13 languages. Households can call these numbers to ask questions or give their answers over the phone in the language of their choice.
Additional census resources are available online in 59 different languages.
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States no matter where they are from, why they are here, and whether or not they are documented. This includes temporary workers, international students, and workers on assignment from overseas. Geneva residents who are citizens of foreign countries living in the United States are counted where they live and sleep most of the time. Foreign citizens visiting the United States for business or vacation are not counted.
It does not matter if you rent or own the property where you reside. Everyone counts when it comes to the Census. Even if you have just moved, respond for where your usual residence will be on April 1, 2020. Find more information on the U.S. Census Bureau’s fact sheet.
People who live at two or more residences (during the week, month, or year), including snowbirds, are counted at the residence where they live and sleep most of the time. If a usual residence cannot be determined, they are counted at the residence where they are staying on Thursday, April 1, 2020 (Census Day).
Residents of the facilities listed above are counted at the facility. Census staff will work with these facilities to ensure each resident is counted. Learn more about how relatives or individuals in these facilities are counted on the Census Bureau’s Group Housing fact sheet.
Most military households are responsible for submitting their own 2020 Census form online, by phone, or by mail. Some active duty service members may face some special circumstances, so people are encouraged to read this military fact sheet for information to common situations.
With more than 300 million people residing in the United States, there is no shortage of unique living arrangements that work for families and individuals. If your specific situation is not covered here, try visiting the Census website for more information and examples.