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U.S. Census Bureau adjusts 2020 Census timeline
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By Source: U.S. Census

The U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted its operation timeline, which includes extending the last day to respond to the 2020 Census to August 14, 2020.

We encourage all Coloradans to respond to the invitation they received in their mailbox as soon as possible. It has never been easier to respond to the 2020 Census on your own, whether online, over the phone, or by mail - all without having to meet a census taker. Self-responding will minimize the need for the U.S. Census Bureau to send census takers out into the community to knock on doors.

Tracking 2020 Census Self Response Rates

To date, more than 24 percent of Colorado households have self-responded to the 2020 Census.

Remember, you donít have to wait for an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census. You can go to or call 1-844-330-2020 and cross it off your TO DO list today. Letís make Colorado the state with the highest 2020 Census self response rate in the nation!

Operational Adjustments

Households using P.O. Boxes

The U.S. Census Bureau currently plans to drop off census packets (with an invitation and paper questionnaire) in April. Bureau employees will leave the packets at the door, without knocking or ringing doorbells.

Counting College Students

College students should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time, according to the Census Bureauís residence criteria.

College students should be counted where they live and attend college, even if campuses have closed or gone online temporarily for the remainder of the Spring semester.

Counting Group Quarters

The U.S. Census Bureau is working with administrators at nursing homes, college dorms, prisons and other institutional living facilities to ensure their residents are counted. Administrators have choices when it comes to counting their residents, such as eResponse or providing a paper listing. The U.S. Census Bureau plans to conduct this operation between April and June.

Counting Homeless Populations

The U.S. Census Bureau is working with service providers at emergency and transitional shelters and soup kitchens to count the populations they serve. We are contacting the service providers to ask them to provide a listing of census response data by May 1, 2020 for each person served or staying at the facility.

About the 202 Census

The 2020 Census is a short questionnaire that asks about who lives in your household. One person should respond for an entire household.

The 2020 Census requires counting a diverse and growing population in the United States and the five U.S. territories.

In March 2020, most households will receive an initial invitation in the mail to participate in the 2020 Census.

Households that have not responded online or by phone should receive a paper questionnaire in April that can be returned by mail.

Self-response options:

Online: Use a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet.

By phone in one of 13 languages (assistance available in 59 languages)

By mail

After a series of reminder mailings, if the household has not self-responded, the Census Bureau plans to send census takers door-to-door to collect responses between May and August.

The 2020 Census is important because it will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.

Responding to the 2020 Census is safe and secure. Individual responses are confidential and protected by law.

The Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy, and safe.





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