April 1, 2020, is Census Day.

Local governments, community leaders and volunteers across the Kansas City metro are working together to ensure a complete and accurate count.  Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to:

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

The timeline below summarizes the adjustments to operations. Should any additional adjustment become necessary, we will post any changes. View PDF.

Timeline for 2020 Census

Here’s a snapshot of what the U.S. Census Bureau will send in the mail.

  • March 12-20 → An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census. Some households will also receive paper questionnaires.
  • March 16-24 → A reminder letter.

If you haven’t responded yet, you will receive:

  • March 26-April 2 → A reminder postcard.
  • April 8-16 → A reminder letter and paper questionnaire.
  • April 20-27 → A final reminder postcard before we conduct in-person visits.
  • May 28-August 14 → In-person follow up begins with all households that don’t complete the survey.

Every household that doesn’t respond will eventually receive a paper questionnaire.

Other important date adjustments:

  • The Self-Response Phase is extended until Aug. 14, 2020.
    • The options for residents to self-respond are online, by phone or by mail.
  • The Census Bureau has delayed launching Mobile Questionnaire Assistance sites until April 13, 2020.
  • Service-Based Enumeration will take place April 29-May 1, 2020.
    • Here the census works with service providers at soup kitchens, shelters, and regularly scheduled food vans to count the people they serve.
  • The census count of people experiencing homelessness is scheduled for May 1, 2020.
    • This involves census takers counting people under bridges, in parks, in all-night businesses, etc.
  • The Enumeration of Transitory Locations will take place from April 23-May 18, 2020.
    • In this part of the count, census takers count people staying at campgrounds, RV parks, marinas, and hotels.