MARCH 31, 2017 — Three years away from Census Day, April 1, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau continues to leverage years of research to prepare for a complete and accurate census. This census will be the most technologically advanced and automated census ever.
The 2017 Census Test is underway, testing the integration of operations and systems for households to respond via the internet (in addition to telephone and paper).
In addition, the Local Update of Census Addresses operation for the 2020 Census has begun. With more than 140 million housing units across the country by 2020, this operation is a way for tribal, state and local governments to review and comment on the Census Bureau’s address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. Participation in this operation helps ensure an accurate decennial census count for their communities.
This week, the Census Bureau delivered its planned subjects for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey to Congress, which include gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship and homeownership status. By law, the Census Bureau must deliver the subjects to Congress three years before Census Day. The subjects represent the established federal needs for the data. The actual wording of the questions that will appear on the 2020 Census questionnaire must be submitted to Congress by March 31, 2018.
The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once and in the right place. The Census Bureau is using expert resources and experience in and out of the government to make the 2020 Census a success. As census operations and testing move forward, the Census Bureau will continue to improve its use of mobile technology, administrative records, innovations from the geospatial industry, and self-response via the internet.
The Census Bureau has already conducted extensive research and testing:
We have two significant tests ahead of us:
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