Census data help determine how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed to states and communities. Included in those funds are dollars for emergency planning and recovery efforts, which means that responding to the 2020 Census can help support public health workers and emergency responders get the resources that they need. Census data will inform funding for hospitals, clinics, and emergency services across the country.
The Census Bureau has released a COVID-19 Data Hub, which includes data pertinent to state and county COVID-19 impact planning, as well as other useful demographic and economic data.
In light of COVID-19, the following is an updated timeline of 2020 Census activity:
- March 12 – October 31: Self-Response - Online, phone and mailed self-responses
- April 2 – September 3: Group Quarters - E-Response & Paper Enumeration
- Select ACOs starting May 4: Update Leave - Census takers drop off invitations to respond and paper questionnaires at the front doors of 5 million households stateside while updating the addresses
- July 1 – September 3: In-Person Group Quarters Enumeration - Group Quarters that remain as part of in-person group quarters enumeration efforts will begin in July
- August 11 – October 31: Nonresponse Followup (NRFU) - Census takers will interview households in person
- September 3-28: Enumeration of Transitory Locations - Census takers count people staying at campgrounds, RV parks, marinas, and hotels if they do not usually live elsewhere
September 22-24: Count of People experiencing homelessness outdoors - Census takers count people under bridges, in parks, in all-night businesses, etc.
- Deliver By April 30, 2021: Deliver apportionment counts to the President
To complete your 2020 Census online, please visit: https://2020census.gov/