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Census 2020: Key dates

The Census 2020 Guide brings together resources about why the Census is important, key information about the Census, and where to find additional information.

Important Dates

For official information about the 2020 Census, see the Census Bureau's website.

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Census Day and important dates

April 1, 2020 is Census Day.  The Census is a count of the number of people living at each address on Census Day, April 1, 2020.  Under the revised deadline, respondents may reply to the 2020 Census by October 31, 2020.  See Census 2020 Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19.

Important dates:

January 21, 2020 -- The Census Bureau starts counting the population in remote Alaska starting in Toksook Bay.

March 12-20, 2020 -- Households should be receiving Census Bureau mail with information on how to respond to the Census online, by phone, or by mail.

April 1, 2020 -- Census Day.  Every household reports the number of people living in that household on April 1, 2020.

May-August, 2020 -- Census takers will begin visiting homes that have not responded to the Census.

December 31, 2020 -- The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress.

April 1, 2021 -- The Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to the states to redraw legislative districts due to population changes.

United States Census 2020, Important Dates.

For further information on changes due to COVID-19, see the Census Bureau March 15, 2020 release.  For more detail on schedule changes, see Census 2020 Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19.

Census 2020 Operational Changes Due to COVID-19

For information on how the Census is changing its operations due to COVID-19, see 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19.