Salt Lake City

SLC Counts 2020

Our communities matter – make sure they’re counted in the 2020 Census

Census 101

When does the Census begin? 
The Census begins March 12th and will run through Aug. 14, 2020. Census Day is April 1, 2020. Your answers to census questions should reflect your household information on that day.

How do I complete the Census? 
Complete the census online, by phone or by mail. Paper surveys in English and Spanish will be mailed out March – April. Census takers will begin visiting homes in May to collect in-person responses. Complete the census online now at the U.S. Census Bureau’s page

The census is easy and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

What Languages are on the Census?

Paper Census FormsEnglish and Spanish
Online or by phoneEnglish, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Japanese, Includes Telecommunication Device for the Deaf
Video and printed guidesAvailable in 59 non-English languages, find out which ones HERE and video HERE

ID Response Number for the Online Census

Census Bureau will be mailing some households a unique census ID number made up of letters and numbers to complete the census online.

  • This code is for one use only.
  • The census must be done in one sitting. You cannot save your answers and come back to it later. You will be timed out of the survey after 15 minutes of inactivity.
  • If you’re logged out, you will be able to re-login using the same ID number. Once the survey is submitted that ID is no longer usable.
  • If you need to re-do your census, you will have to use a non-ID path.

Non ID Response:

If you do not have an ID response number you will still be able to complete the Census! In order to do this, you will need to select “Non-ID Response,” and enter in your address.

  • If you do not have a city style address or live in a nontraditional location, you will be asked location and description questions.

Unsure If You Have Been Counted?

Unsure if you have been included in your household’s 2020 Census? Don’t stress! You are still able to complete the census on your own and should count everyone living in your household (children, non-relatives, and other families).

  • The Census Bureau has processes in place to resolve duplicate submissions.

Here’s what questions to expect on the 2020 Census form:

Example Census Form
  • Names:
    To ensure that each household member is counted only once. 

  • How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020 
    Census data helps us recognize important trends in our society, such as whether young adults are living with their parents or moving in with roommates.

  • Relationship of each person in your home
    On the questionnaire, “Person 1” is the “reference person” for the household. Person 1 completes the census and indicates their relationship to everyone in the household.

  • Whether the home is owned or rented
    This generates statistics about homeownership and renting to see how the nation’s economy is doing. The data also informs where new houses are built.

  • Sex
    Each individual is asked to identify as either male or female. The data is used to enforce rules against gender-based discrimination. Additional options related to sexual orientation and gender identity are not included on the census. 

  • Age
    Age and date of birth questions ensure each person’s age is reported accurately and that each person is counted only once. The data informs plans for new schools, Head Start funding, services for seniors and is used to enforce age discrimination laws.

  • Race
    The census form includes 15 racial categories, or individuals can write in any race not included. The data helps federal agencies monitor compliance with anti-discrimination laws, including the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act. 

  • Whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin
    Hispanic origin is considered separately from race in the census, and Hispanics may identify with any race. This data is also used to ensure compliance with anti-discrimination laws.
  • There is NO citizenship on the 2020 Census.

Watch preview of the 2020 Census Video:

The Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • A full Social Security number
  • Bank or credit card account numbers
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Any personal passwords
  • Your mother’s maiden name