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2020 Census Non-English Language Support Press Kit

The U.S. Census Bureau offers more language support for the decennial census than ever before – online, by phone and by mail. People can respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone in 12 languages, in addition to English. Consequently, 99% of all households will be able to respond to the census in their language. Furthermore, the Census Bureau will help people respond in 59 non-English languages by providing language guides to assist in filling out the English paper questionnaire. 

Language Support Information

2020 Census mailings will include instructions in 12 languages in addition to English on how to respond online or by phone. The instructions will detail how to access non-English questionnaires online and will include a separate phone number for each language for contacting phone support.

The Census Bureau will also provide additional materials for the 59 non-English languages supported by the 2020 Census.

American Sign Language> Hindi Russian
Albanian Hmong Serbian
Amharic Hungarian Sinhala
Arabic Igbo Spanish
Armenian Ilocano Slovak
Bengali Indonesian Somali
Bosnian Italian Swahili
Bulgarian Japanese Tagalog
Burmese Khmer Tamil
Chinese Korean Telugu
Croatian Laotian Thai
Czech Lithuanian Tigrinya
Dutch Malayalam Turkish
Farsi Marathi Twi
French Navajo Ukrainian
German Nepali Urdu
Greek Polish Vietnamese
Gujarati Portuguese Yiddish
Haitian Creole Punjabi Yoruba
Hebrew Romanian  

Materials include:

  • Language guides: Available in video and print.  These guides will assist respondents in completing the census questionnaire.
  • Language identification cards: These cards will assist census takers in identifying a language spoken by a household.
  • Language glossaries: These glossaries provide key terms used in the 2020 census materials.

Language Support Resources

Phone Support

Beginning March 12, the Census Bureau will offer live, non-English help by phone between 7 a.m. – 2 a.m. ET.

Below are phone numbers for help in specified languages:

  • English: 844-330-2020
  • Spanish: 844-468-2020
  • Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
  • Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
  • Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
  • Korean: 844-392-2020
  • Russian: 844-417-2020
  • Arabic: 844-416-2020
  • Tagalog: 844-478-2020
  • Polish: 844-479-2020
  • French: 844-494-2020
  • Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
  • Portuguese: 844-474-2020
  • Japanese: 844-460-2020
  • English (Puerto Rico residents): 844-418-2020
  • Spanish (Puerto Rico residents): 844-426-2020

Telephone Display Device (TDD): 844-467-2020 will also be available for people who have hearing impairments.

Non-English 2020 Census Press Kits

Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021
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