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Census Bureau releases timeline

Posted On: February 14, 2020

Census Bureau releases timeline

Between March 12 and 20, invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will start arriving in households across the country.

The Census Bureau is ready for the nation to respond next month, said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham. Millions of Americans are applying for 2020 Census jobs, more than 270,000 local and national organizations are engaged, and in less than 30 days the majority of American households will receive an invitation to respond to help ensure that every person in the United States is counted.

Response is important because statistics from the census are used in distributing hundreds of billions of dollars in funding for school lunches, hospitals, roads and much more. The invitations will remind respondents to include everyone living in the household, whether they are related or not. This includes young children. Your response will impact communities for the next decade.

The Census Bureau has tested its data collection systems, has built backup systems to support resilient operations, and is ready to receive responses from all around the country, added Dillingham.

The invitation will include instructions on how to respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone. By April 1, most households will have received an invitation delivered either by mail or by a census taker. In areas that are less likely to respond online, a paper questionnaire will be included in the initial mailing to households. Reminder mailings will be sent to households that do not respond, and in the fourth mailing every household that has not yet responded will receive a paper questionnaire.

The timeline follows:

  • March 12 to 20: Initial invitations to respond online and by phone will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with the invitation to respond online or over the phone.
  • March 16 to 24: Reminder letters will be delivered.
  • March 26 to April 3: Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded.
  • April 8 to 16: Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded.
  • April 20 to 27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded before census takers follow up in person.
  • May 13 to July 31: If a household does not respond to any of the invitations, a census taker will follow up in person.

Learn about Volusia County’s census awareness campaign at

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