The 2020 Census is Underway!

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

  • The Self-Response Phase ends on Sept. 30, 2020.
    • The options for residents to self-respond are online, by phone or by mail.
  • Non-Response Follow Up with households that don’t complete the census questionnaire is scheduled to take place Aug. 11 – Sept. 30, 2020
  • The Census Bureau has delayed launching Mobile Questionnaire Assistance sites until further notice.
  • Service-Based Enumeration has been delayed until further notice.
    • 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 has been delayed until further notice.
    • This involves census takers counting people under bridges, in parks, in all-night businesses, etc.
  • The Enumeration of Transitory Locations is tentatively scheduled for September 3–September 28.
    • In this part of the count, census takers count people staying at campgrounds, RV parks, marinas, and hotels.