U.S. Census Bureau Delays Deadline due to COVID-19 Outbreak
By Office of Communication, U.S. Census Bureau
Posted on April 14, 2020, April 14, 2020

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The 2020 Census is underway and more households across America are responding every day. As of April 14, 2020, 49.6 percent of Arlington households have completed their census. That puts Arlington well above Texas (44.2 percent self-response rate) and slightly ahead of the United States (48.6 percent.)

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations in order to:

  • Protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees.
  • Implement guidance from federal, state and local authorities.
  • Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.

The Census Bureau temporarily suspended 2020 Census field data collection activities in March. Steps are already being taken to reactivate field offices beginning June 1, in preparation for the resumption of field data collection operations as quickly as possible.

In-person activities, including all interaction with the public, enumeration, office work and processing activities, will incorporate the most current guidance to promote the health and safety of staff and the public. This will include recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing practices. 

Once 2020 Census data collection is complete, the Census Bureau begins a lengthy, thorough and scientifically rigorous process to produce the apportionment counts, redistricting information and other statistical data products that help guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year.

In order to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is seeking statutory relief from Congress of 120 additional calendar days to deliver final apportionment counts.

Under this plan, the Census Bureau would extend the window for field data collection and self-response to October 31, 2020, which will allow for apportionment counts to be delivered to the President by April 30, 2021, and redistricting data to be delivered to the states no later than July 31, 2021.

The Census questionnaire takes about ten minutes to complete. Your answers help fund everything from schools to public safety and will shape Arlington’s future for the next ten years. Click here to complete your Census. 

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