2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is gearing up for the 2020 Census. TJCOG is an affiliate of the North Carolina State Data Center network, and helps host workshops and conduct outreach about the 2020 Census. 

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.

2020 Participant Statistical Areas Program

The 2020 Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP) encourages local input into the review and update of census tracts, block groups, and census designated places prior to the release of the 2020 Decennial Census. TJCOG was designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce as a primary PSAP participant for the 7-county Triangle region, as well as both Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOS) - North Carolina Capital Area MPO (NC CAMPO) and Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO (DCHC). 

More information on this program can be found on the PSAP sub-page.

2020 Census Resources

U.S. Census Bureau

On Our Way to 2020

2020 Census Research, Operational Plans, and Oversight

Complete Count Committees

Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA)

Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP)

North Carolina Census

Make NC Count

Census 101

Census Frequently Asked Questions

Complete Count Committees

Data & Visualizations


Kaley Huston
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