2020 Census Timeline

Milestone timeline:

*US Census Bureau’s July 1, 2019 population estimates for counties become available
Completed: Feb 19, 2020
March 26, 2020
+Census Day
Completed: Apr 1, 2020
April 1, 2020
#State Demographer sends e-mails/letters to municipalities/counties requesting confirmation of local contact information for annual survey
Completed: May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020
*US Census Bureau’s July 1, 2019 population estimates for municipalities and housing unit estimates for counties become available
Completed: May 21, 2020
May 21, 2020
#State Demographer sends e-mail invitations to local contacts asking them to respond to the North Carolina Demographic Information Survey
Completed: Jun 25, 2020
June 25, 2020
*US Census Bureau’s July 1, 2019 population estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties published
Completed: Jun 25, 2020
June 25, 2020
#Last day for counties and municipalities to respond to the annual survey
Completed: Jul 24, 2020
July 24, 2020
+Census count completed
Completed: Jul 31, 2020
July 31, 2020
#State Demographer sends e-mail invitation to municipalities and counties to review the preliminary July 1, 2019 standard and certified population estimates for their respective areas
Completed: Aug 27, 2020
August 27, 2020
#Last day that municipalities and counties can comment on the preliminary population estimates
Completed: Sep 9, 2020
September 9, 2020
#State Demographer finalizes certified and standard population estimates for municipalities and counties and delivers to NC Dept. of Transportation and Dept. of Revenue
Completed: Sep 15, 2020
September 15, 2020
#State Demographer publishes county and municipal population estimates to demography.osbm.nc.gov
Completed: Sep 30, 2020
September 30, 2020
#The State Demographer will send letters only to those municipalities and counties where there are substantial changes from the preliminary to the final population estimates. All others may review their final estimates at: North Carolina Demographic Info
Completed: Sep 30, 2020
September 30, 2020
#State Demographer publishes 2020 – 2040 Population Projections for counties and the state at demography.osbm.nc.gov. This will be the last set of population projections that will rely on the 2010 Census as a base.
Completed: Oct 30, 2020
October 30, 2020
+The US Census Bureau delivers the apportionment counts to the President. The apportionment count includes the total population living in each state plus military and federal personnel and their families living abroad (allocated to states.
Completed: Dec 31, 2021
December 31, 2020
+Deadline for the release of the TIGER/Line shapefiles for North Carolina, which do not include demographic data.
Completed: Jan 28, 2021
January 28, 2021
+Deadline for the release of the re-districting data from the 2020 Census. This will include total and voting age population, population by race and Hispanic origin, and housing unit counts for all geographies down to the census block.
September 30, 2021
#The State Demographer will evaluate how well the populations for municipalities and counties were estimated for 2010 – 2019 by comparing the 2010 and 2020 Census counts to population estimates. All models will be adjusted based upon these evaluations.
Fall 2021
#The first set of standard and certified population estimates using the 2020 Census counts as a base will be produced by the State Demographer. Populations will be estimated for July 1, 2020 (three months after the April 1, 2020 Census count).
Fall/Winter 2021
#The first state and county population projections using inputs from the 2020 Census will be produced.
Fall/Winter 2021

Project Updates

2020 Census TIGER/Line Shapefiles Have Arrived
Monday, February 22, 2021

The Census Bureau has released the 2020 Census Redistricting Data Geographic Support Products for all 50 states, including North Carolina. State and local governments use these products in their redistricting efforts.

The products contain newly created 2020 Census blocks and updated block groups, census tracts, voting districts, and current boundaries for legal governments and school districts referenced to January 1, 2020.