Census 2020 Updates: Response Rates & More

Posted on March 23, 2020

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United States Census 2020

Response Rate Map Shows Data for Your Community

2020 Census Self-Response by StateThe 2020 Census response rate map shows how cities and towns across the country are now responding. The map will be updated daily around 3 p.m. for everyone to see the response rate in their area and compare it to other areas across the nation. The map also shows the comparable response rate from the 2010 Census for each geography.

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2020 Census Response Rate Challenge

To increase response to the 2020 Census across the country, the Census Bureau is challenging every town, city, and state nationwide to beat its 2010 Census self-response rate. Our Response Rate Challenge toolkit includes ideas to help leaders motivate their community to respond to the census on their own as early as possible.

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Your Response Matters

Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census were delivered between March 12-20. Once you receive that invitation, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail.


2020 Census Operational Updates

The U.S. Census Bureau continues to carefully monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and follow the guidance of federal, state, and local health authorities. We are adjusting some operations with two key principles in mind: protecting the health and safety of our staff and the public, and fulfilling our statutory requirement to deliver the 2020 Census counts to the President on schedule.

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About the 2020 Census

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2020 Census will count everyone who lives in the U.S. as of April 1, 2020. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years.

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