2020 Census Information

Overview

"Census Day" was April 1, 2020, but with the extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, not everything is rolling out as expected with the 2020 Census. According to the US Census Bureau: 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations to protect the health and safety of our employees and the public, and to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities based on guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.

The Census Bureau is expected to announce census offices opening this summer to follow-up with households who have yet to respond to the Census. The majority of census offices across the country will begin follow-up work on August 11. All offices will conclude work no later than October 31. 

As efforts to achieve a national count progress, municipalities have an opportunity to create an accurate population picture that will impact planning on the local, state, and federal levels for years to come. 

Visit this page often for updates on how municipalities can best prepare for the Census and utilize the information delivered.

For updates on the US Census from a Federal perspective, visit the 2020 Census Information Center.

For updates on coronavirus’ impacts on the Census, visit the 2020 Census Operational Adjustments due to COVID-19 page.

DOWNLOAD: NLC Municipal Action Guide

The NJLM affiliate, National League of Cities, has prepared a 36-age census Municipal Action Guide that can be downloaded from Cities Count: Preparing for the 2020 Census.

The guide includes the following sections:

  • City Census Checklist
  • Census Timeline for Cities
  • Fast Facts & Talking POints for Constituents
  • The "Citizenship Question"
  • And more...

LINK: Explainer Video From NLC 

The National League of Cities has created a motion graphic video on the 2020 Census. This explainer video seeks to maintain interest and promote best practices around the Census, all while providing you with a resource to send out to your community and network.

Helpful Information

Municipal Efforts