April 1 is Census Day!
Below are other important dates for the 2020 Census. Use this timeline to plan your strategy and Get Out the Count efforts. Please note that dates and deadlines have shifted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
January - September 2019
The U.S. Census Bureau opens 248 area census offices across the country. These offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.he U.S. Census Bureau opens 248 area census offices across the country. These offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.
March 12 - October 31, 2020
Self-Response Phase: Households can self-respond online, by phone or mail in their questionnaire.
April 1, 2020
Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
June 13 - July 9
Census takers drop off invitations to respond and paper questionnaires at the front doors of 5 million households while updating the addresses.
July 1 - September 3, 2020
Census takers begin visiting group quarters for in-person enumeration, like people living in senior centers and others who live among large groups of people.
August 11 - October 31, 2020
Nonresponse Followup: Census takers will interview households in person.
October 31, 2020
Last day for households to self-respond to the 2020 Census.
By April 30, 2021
The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
July 31, 2021
By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.