Census Bureau Suspending In-Person Interviews for Surveys

By on March 28, 2020

Earlier this month the U.S. Census Bureau released the initial response rates for every state, county and city across the nation, announcing that 16.7% of households have responded to the 2020 Census since invitations began arriving in mailboxes on March 12.

However, due to the coronoavirus crisis, the Bureau has temporarily suspended in-person interview surveys. Responses are still being accepted online and on the phone.

Adhering to social distancing guidance from federal, state and local public health authorities, the Bureau has modified all of its data collection protocols to eliminate personal visits. Where feasible, census field workers will call survey participants and seek to collect the necessary information over the phone.

For more information about the surveys, please visit the “Are you in a survey?” page. Information about how to identify a call from the Census Bureau is also available.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone who lives in the United States as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day). Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years.

For more information, visit 2020census.gov.