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Census Timeline

Activities for Census 2020 are already starting as we get prepared for Census Day: April 1, 2020.
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April 1, 2020, is Census Day. While that is still some time away, activities to prepare for the Census 2020 are already beginning, especially geographic updates that lay the foundation for the Census "enumeration" (count). 

The challenge is to conduct a 2020 Census at a lower cost per household (adjusted for inflation) than the 2010 Census by utilizing new technology, while maintaining high-quality results. The U.S. Census Bureau's  2020 Census Operational Plan documents the current design for conducting the 2020 Census. 


General Timeline for 2020 Census*

  • July 2017 – April 2018→ Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program for local governments
  • 2018 - Complete Count Committees begin local Census organizing work
  • April 2018 → Census questions delivered to Congress
  • July 2019 → Communications and advertising campaign begins
  • August 2019 → In-field Address Canvassing and Group Quarters operation begins
  • March 2020 → Door-to-door enumeration and Enumeration at Transitory Locations begins
  • April 1, 2020 → 2020 Census Day
  • April 2020 → Non-response Follow-up begins for households that did not submit a Census form 

     *We will update these dates as we receive more detailed information.
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