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Steps to Complete the 2020 Census online

Step by Step Instruction on How to Complete Your 2020 Census Online

If you want to learn more about filling out your 2020 U.S. Census online, including what questions are asked before you fill it out, we’re here to inform you on how to fill yours out and what to expect.

With the 2020 Census being the first time that the public can respond completely online, the unknown has raised some questions on how to go about doing so. No worry, we’re here to guide you along through this process. Here we’ll show a step by step instructions on how to go about filling out your 2020 Census online.

We also want to point out that the 2020 Mississippi Census website is completely mobile-friendly, as well as the census portal. This allows you to quickly fill out your census on any handheld mobile phone or tablet, in the comfort of your own home.

To begin, visit www.MSCensus2020.org, and near the top of the home page you’re going to click the blue button labeled “Complete My Census Now” as seen below:

Click the blue “Complete My Census Now” button

You’ll then populate to the U.S. Census website with a brief bullet-point description of what the census is and why it’s important. On this page you’ll continue by clicking the blue button labeled “Start Questionnaire

Click the blue button labeled "Start Questionnaire"
Click the blue button labeled “Start Questionnaire”

From there, you will be asked to enter your 12-digit Census ID that was included in the Census message you should have received in the mail during the month of March. This will prompt you to begin filling out your Questionnaire. If you do not have your 12-digit Census ID, do not worry, you’ll still be able to move forward by hitting the blue button labeled “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” to enter the online Census portal.

Census Portal Login Page
Census Portal Login Page

What Questions Are On the 2020 U.S. Census Form?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had several people ask us one of the most common questions when it comes to the 2020 U.S. Census: “What kind of questions are on it?” While some people think that the census takes a long time to complete or are nervous about sharing such personal information, we want you to know that not only is the census only 10 questions long but it also only takes about 10 minutes to complete. Also, all information that you provide for the census is, by law, completely confidential!

Once you’re logged into the online Census portal, you’ll be asked to either enter or confirm your current address as of Census Day, April 1st, 2020.

To help ease your mind and doubts over completing the 2020 U.S. Census, we thought we’d lay out all of the questions that appear on it — that’s right, all of them — just as they appear on the official United States Census Bureau’s website!

  1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020?
  2. Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2020, that you did not include on Question 1?
  3. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home owned by you or someone else in this household with a mortgage or loan? Free and clear? Rented? Occupied without payment of rent?
  4. What is your telephone number?
  5. What is Person 1’s name?
  6. What is Person 1’s sex?
  7. What is Person 1’s age and what is Person 1’s date of birth?
  8. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
  9. What is Person 1’s race?
  10. Print name of Person 2 (if any).
  11. Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else?
  12. How is this person related to Person 1?

Reminder: there is NO question asking about citizenship status on the 2020 U.S. Census.

Once you’ve answered all of the questions above about you and your housemates, you are now ready to submit your questionnaire. To continue, click the “Submit Questionnaire” button. If you need to go back to fill out any questions you may have overlooked or skipped, you’ll have the option to click the “Edit Questionnaire” button to do so. We also want to inform you that you won’t be able to save your questionnaire to come back at a later time to finish, so be sure you have 10 minutes of free time when you decide to fill your census out to avoid losing any of your progress.

After you have submitted your Census, you’ll be forwarded to a confirmation page, acknowledging your processed questionnaire.

Online Census Portal Confirmation Page
Online Census Portal Confirmation Page

Congratulations! You’ve now been counted in the 2020 Mississippi Census Count. We hope this step by step instruction was informative and helpful in navigating you through the online portal.

Now it’s important for you to tell your friends and neighbors to do the same. The amount of funding Mississippi stands to gain for state improvement is large, but only if we secure the participation of as many Mississippians as possible through filling out the 2020 Mississippi Census. We’re all in this together, and to avoid an inaccurate census count, we need your help! Mississippi is counting on you!

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