Updated 2020 Census Schedule

Posted on Mar 23, 2020 in Decennial Census, Main, Whats New Releases

Online self-response for the 2020 Census started on March 12th and is still ongoing; Americans are responding online every day at https://my2020census.gov/! However, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Census Bureau has adjusted their 2020 Census operations. 

A major adjustment for Hawaii is that people who receive their mail through P.O. Box are not currently receiving invitations to respond.  This is because invitations are hand-delivered to their physical addresses in a process called Update Leave.  This operation is on hold until at least April 15th.  You can still respond to the census even if you haven’t received your invitation or if you’ve lost your invitation.  Go to https://my2020census.gov and once you’ve started the questionnaire, follow the link that says “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”  You can also fill out your questionnaire over the phone, even if you don’t have your invitation, by calling 1-844-330-2020 toll-free.

The Census Bureau will be working to protect the health and safety of its employees as well as the American public by implementing guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities. 

Below are the adjustments being made to the 2020 Census schedule. If any additional adjustments are needed, this table will be updated accordingly.

For a detailed table with activity descriptions, click here. (Note: Census operations have been further delayed until April 15, 2020, but there is not yet an updated schedule available.)

Activity/OperationAdjustmentRevised Schedule
Self-Response Phase (online, phone, mail)ExtendedMarch 12–August 14
Update Leave DelayedNo earlier than April 15th
Update EnumerateSuspended and extendedNo earlier than April 15th
Mobile Questionnaire Assistance DelayedNo earlier than April 15th
Early Nonresponse Followup (NRFU)DelayedMay 7–August 14
Nonresponse Followup (NRFU) and NRFU ReinterviewDelayedMay 28–August 14
Group Quarters EnumerationDelayedApril 16–June 19
Service-Based EnumerationDelayedApril 29–May 1
Census counts people experiencing homelessness outdoorsDelayed May 1
Enumeration of Transitory LocationsDelayedApril 23–May 18
Deliver apportionment counts to the PresidentOn scheduleBy December 31
Deliver redistricting counts to statesOn scheduleBy April 1, 2021