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Key dates to know for the 2020 census

Posted at 1:19 PM, Jan 14, 2020

Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking. You may even start to notice census takers in your neighborhood.

Here's a look at some of the key dates to keep in mind when doing your part:


March 12 - 20: Households will begin receiving Census Bureau mail with information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.

March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness.

April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.

April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people.

May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.


March 31: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

Meantime, the U.S. Census Bureau is working to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.

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