The National Archives and Records Administration released the 1940 census records on Monday, April 2, 2012. More than 22 million people tried to access the records online in the first three hours. The site crashed. Maybe this means that genealogy is wanted by the general public.
If we wait until volunteers can index the data, we may not get our data until after the end of this year.
Or, if we have the address of our relatives, we can figure out the Enumeration District (in their town and state). Then, we can look up the data ourselves, if the servers have completely recovered. Several helpful websites are listed below.
Now we have to wait until April of 2022 for the 1950 Census.