What kinds of questions will be asked on the census form?

Each time the census is conducted, U.S. Census Bureau goes beyond simply counting the population to gather important demographic facts about residents at each address, such as their age, sex, race and ethnicity. 

The 2020 questionnaire will also ask if the head of household rents or owns the home, has a mortgage or owns the home mortgage-free.

Couples living together will be asked to define their relationships to their partners as “same-sex” or “opposite-sex” husband/wife, spouse or unmarried partner.

The questionnaire will ask for the name and phone number of the person completing the survey. This will allow a census worker to call to collect more information or ask for clarification if the responses are incomplete.

In addition, the Census Bureau has announced plans to ask if the person is a citizen of the United States on the 2020 form. Various states and civil rights groups have challenged the question in court. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to resolve the legal issues about the citizenship question with a ruling expected by the end of June 2019.