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Due to the health crisis posed by COVID-19, The 2020 Census has updated its operations schedule to ensure the safety of residents and Census workers, while still working to achieve its mission. Please see the information and updated schedule released by the Census Bureau below.

2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

We’re adapting or delaying some of our operations to protect the health and safety of our staff and the public and make sure we get the same population counted another way.

The 2020 Census is underway and more households across America are responding every day. Online, phone and mailed self-responses will continue throughout the data collection process. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations in order to:

  • Protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees.

  • Implement guidance from Federal, State, and local authorities regarding COVID-19.

  • Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.


Under the adjusted 2020 Census operational plan, field activities would resume after June 1, 2020, as Area Census Offices begin returning to full staff capacity. In-person activities, including enumeration, office work, and processing activities, will incorporate the most current guidance from authorities to ensure the health and safety of staff and the public.

Self-Response Phase

Online, phone and mailed self-responses continue throughout the data collection process.

Planned Schedule: March 12 – July 31, Revised Schedule: March 12 – October 31

Group Quarters (E-Response & Paper Enumeration)

Many group quarters have already begun responding through our e-Response enumeration option.

Planned Schedule: April 2 – June 5, Revised Schedule: April 2 – September 3

Remote Alaska

Early operation to reach parts of Alaska which may be difficult to reach later in the year and whose populations depart for other activities. The operation will be mostly completed on the original planned schedule, though some areas with year-round populations will be enumerated when it is safe to do so. 

Planned Schedule: January 21 – April 30, Revised Schedule: Tentatively January 21 – June 19, but may need further review and coordination.

Field Offices at Peak Operations

Managers and staff commence administrative, training, deployment and support activities for peak data collection operations.  This includes selecting and hiring field staff. 

Planned Schedule: March 1, Revised Schedule: June 1


Update Leave - Stateside

Census takers drop off invitations to respond and paper questionnaires at the front doors of 5 million households stateside while updating the addresses.

Planned Schedule: March 15 – April 17, Revised Schedule: June 13 – July 9

Update Leave – Puerto Rico

Update Leave operations for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, approximately 1.7 million households, will be coordinated separately. 

Planned Schedule: March 15 – April 17, Revised Schedule: Needs further review and coordination with outside partners and stakeholders.

Update Enumerate

Census takers interview about 2,000 households in remote parts of northern Maine and southeast Alaska.

Planned Schedule: March 16 – April 30, Revised Schedule: June 14 – July 29

Nonresponse Followup (NRFU)

Census takers will interview households in person. New dates will cover areas previously scheduled for "Early NRFU."

Planned Schedule: May 13 – July 31, Revised Schedule: August 11 – October 31

In-Person Group Quarters Enumeration

Group Quarters that remain as part of our in-person group quarters enumeration efforts will begin in July.

Planned Schedule: April 2 – June 5, Revised Schedule: July 1 – September 3

Service Based Enumeration

We’re working with service providers at soup kitchens, shelters, and regularly scheduled food vans to count the people they serve.

Planned Schedule: March 30 – April 1, Revised Schedule: Needs further review and coordination with outside partners and stakeholders.

Mobile Questionnaire Assistance

Census Bureau staff assists people with responding online at places people gather (events, grocery stores, etc.).

Planned Schedule: March 30 – July 31, Revised Schedule: Needs further review and coordination with outside partners and stakeholders.

Count of People experiencing homelessness outdoors

Census takers count people under bridges, in parks, in all-night businesses, etc.

Planned Schedule: April 1, Revised Schedule: Needs further review and coordination with outside partners and stakeholders.


Enumeration of Transitory Locations

Census takers count people staying at campgrounds, RV parks, marinas, and hotels if they do not usually live elsewhere.

Planned Schedule: April 9 – May 4, Revised Schedule: Tentatively September 3 – September 28, but may need further review and coordination.

Process Apportionment Counts

After collection activities are complete, Census Bureau experts run and review output from programs to unduplicate responses, determine final housing unit status, populate any missing housing unit data on household size and finalize the universe to be included in the apportionment count file.

Planned Schedule: July 31, 2020 – December 31, 2020, Revised Schedule: October 31, 2020 – April 30, 2021


Process Redistricting Data

Census Bureau experts run and review programs to populate any missing demographic data for each household, run differential privacy programs to ensure confidentiality and run tabulation programs for each state delivery.

Planned Schedule: January 1, 2021 – March 30, 2021, Revised Schedule: May 1, 2021 – July 31, 2021

Deliver apportionment counts to the President

By law, the Census Bureau will deliver each state’s population total, which determines its number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Planned Schedule: By December 31, Revised Schedule: Deliver By April 30, 2021


President delivers apportionment counts to Congress

Planned Schedule: Within 7 days of start of legislative session or, approximately 10-20 days after receipt.

Revised Schedule: Within 14 days of receipt.

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