What is the timeline:
First day to respond to the census is Thursday, March 12, 2020
By April 1, 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You'll have three options for responding: online, by phone, or by mail.
- January – March 2019: The U.S. Census Bureau opens 39 area census offices. These offices open early to support Address Canvassing.
- June – September 2019: The Census Bureau opens the remaining 200-plus area census offices. These offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.
- August 2019: The Census Bureau conducts in-field address canvassing. Census takers visit areas that have added or lost housing in recent years to ensure that the Census Bureau's address list is up to date.
- January 2020: The Census Bureau begins counting the population in remote Alaska. Advertising begins nationwide.
- April 1, 2020: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You'll then have three options for responding: online, by mail, or by phone.
- April 2020: Census takers begin following up with households around selected colleges and universities. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews.
- May 2020: The Census Bureau begins following up with households that have not responded.
- December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the president by Dec. 31, 2020.
- March 2021: Redistricting counts sent to the states by March 31, 2021.