Nesmith Library

Windham, New Hampshire

2020 Census

UPDATE: This week (June 1), census workers will be dropping off questionnaires at houses in towns that did not receive mailings from the Census Bureau. These areas, referred to as “update leave,” are in rural counties with high numbers of seasonal housing units, PO boxes, or unverified street addresses. Many towns in NH have a significant number of households that fall within this category. Census Workers will just be dropping off packages and updating addresses (no face-to-face interaction). Once they receive their 2020 Census Questionnaires, residents are encouraged to respond either online, by phone, or mailing in their response; doing this will reduce the number of "in person" census taking the Bureau will need to conduct in August. Visit the Census website for more information about Update Leave.

Online response for the 2020 Census is currently live! Easy to access from a mobile phone, desktop computer, or by calling the Census Bureau, everyone is encouraged to respond today! Visit to respond: you can do so by entering your address even if you have not yet received a mailed invitation to respond. We recommend reading this most recent press release from the Census about their plan for operations.

For the first time the Census will be collected primarily online. Most people will receive a mailer at their home address that includes an access code and directions for logging on to the Census.

Didn’t receive or lost a code? No worries! You can use your street address as an identifier.

Prefer not to respond online? You can request a paper form or respond by phone.

Why is it important to respond to the Census?

Census information is used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Results determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated for things like school, infrastructure, family services, and over 100 other federally funded programs including Medicaid, Head Start, community mental health services, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Is your information secure?

All responses are confidential and data is not shared with other government agencies except in aggregate form. Census workers take a lifetime oath to protect census responses. If you have any other questions or concerns please visit to find a wealth of information about the census and how it is used. Census data is gathered, kept private, and analyzed for use by organizations of all sizes through

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