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2020 Census Operations Timeline

Post Date:02/14/2020

CONTACT: Eric Chen
Associate Planner
Dept. of Environmental Services
(805) 583-6773

The 2020 Census is right around the corner and residents will be receiving communications soon from the Census Bureau. Key dates to remember begin in March.

Beginning March 12 through March 20, residents will receive their first invitation by mail from the United States Census Bureau to respond online to the 2020 Census. While responding online is the preferred option, residents will also be able to respond by mail or by phone. If residents do not have a computer and internet access, kiosks will be set-up throughout the community to provide secure locations to complete the Census. Once the Census Bureau receives your Census response, you will not receive additional reminder mailings.

If the Census Bureau does not receive a response, up to four reminders will be sent until a response is received. Residents can expect to receive the first reminder as a letter between March 16 and March 24. If a response still isn’t received, residents will receive a postcard between March 26 and April 3. The next reminder will be sent between April 8 and April 16 and will include a letter and paper questionnaire. Finally, if residents don’t respond to that fourth reminder, an additional postcard will be sent between April 20 and April 27 before Census workers begin visiting homes and knocking on doors beginning May 13. Census workers will visit homes that have not responded to the Census between May 13 and July 31 to secure a Complete Count.

A Complete Count is important to ensure that funding is received for vital services in the community; that fair political representation is achieved through an accurate drawing of congressional, state, and local district boundaries; and many more reasons. For more information about the Decennial Census, please visit the Census Bureau website at www.2020census.gov.

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