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Census 2020

Posted on: March 11, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Census and COVID-19

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Please see for updated information regarding COVID-19 in Contra Costa County. The following is specific information regarding Census 2020 during COVID-19

Conducting Census during COVID-19

The most important thing that someone can do to avoid potential person-to-person contact is to respond in one of the three ways that do not require it: online, by phone or by mail. Mailed invitations go out on March 12 and should arrive by March 20, and additional mailings will arrive through the end of April. We encourage everyone to respond online as soon as possible following the instructions in the invitation letter. Here are a couple other ways to respond:

  • Respond to the U.S Census online at
  • If you need help or would prefer to respond by phone, the Census Bureau has toll-free phone numbers available every day from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. Pacific time. Toll free numbers are provided in 13 different languages
  • Some households in areas with limited or no Internet access will receive a paper form on the first mailing, but everyone who has not responded online or by phone will receive a paper form in mid-April that can be returned by mail.

Responding online, by phone, or by mail will minimize the need for us to send census takers out into the community, so this is the best possible strategy at a time when everyone is trying to limit person-to-person contact.

U.S. Census Bureau Updates

The Census Bureau has released an adjusted schedule. Self-Response will continue through May and Non-Response Follow-Up will end in August. The date Census data is delivered to the President (Dec 31, 2020) and Redistriction Data is delivered to the State (April 1, 2021) remain unchanged.
View 2020 Census Operational Adjustments (PDF)

The Census Bureau has suspended all field operations at this time and has announced serval adaptions to group quarter operations as well as the Mobile Questionnaire Assistance program.
March 18 U.S. Census Bureau Press Release: Operational Updates

State of California - Complete Count Committee and COVID-19

The California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office is providing updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


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