Census Timeline

2020 January

The U.S. Census Bureau starts counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially begins in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.

2020 March 12 – 20

Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.

2020 March 16 – 24

A reminder letter will be sent out.

2020 March 26 – April 3

For those who haven’t responded, a reminder postcard will be sent out.

2020 March 30 – April 1

The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.

2020 April 1

Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

2020 April

Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.

2020 April 8 – 16

A reminder letter and paper questionnaire will be sent to those who haven’t responded.

2020 April 20 – 27

For those who have yet to fill out the 2020 Census, a final reminder postcard will be sent.

2020 May – July

Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

2020 December

December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

2021 March 31

By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.