(Fort Leonard Wood)–The 2020 Census will get started this month. All residents living on Fort Leonard Wood and the surrounding communities can anticipate receiving their 2020 Census invitations in the mail between March 12th and 20th. This year is the first time census takers are able to respond to the questionnaire online. However, the invitation will also provide instructions on how to complete the census over the phone. Anyone who does neither will be sent a paper questionnaire–a team member will visit in person between May and July those addresses without completed census forms. The purpose of the constitutionally mandated census is to get an accurate count of the population and gather important statistical data. The census will collect basic information about household members, such as name, sex, date of birth, and race of people living in each household. Personal information provided on the census is safeguarded, and the Census Bureau is bound by law to keep the information confidential. In addition, the Census Bureau will not send e-mails requesting participation in the census and census employees will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank account or credit card information, or for money or donations.