Important Dates

2020 Census Important Dates

Counting every person living in the U.S. is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here's a look at some of the key dates along the way:


January – March 2019: The U.S. Census Bureau opens 39 area census offices. These offices open early to support Address Canvassing.

June – September 2019: The Census Bureau opens the remaining 209 area census offices. The offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.

August 2019: The Census Bureau conducts in-field address canvassing. Census takers visit areas that have added or lost housing in recent years to ensure that the Census Bureau's address list is up to date.

January 2020: The Census Bureau begins counting the population in remote Alaska.

April 1, 2020: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You'll then have three options for responding: online, by mail, or by phone.

April 2020: Census takers begin following up with households around selected colleges and universities. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews.

May 2020: The Census Bureau begins following up with households that have not responded.

December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the president.