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Census Bureau to send additional reminder before census takers visit

Posted June 26, 2020

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The U.S. Census Bureau will send an additional reminder postcard to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The postcard is scheduled to arrive July 22-28, a few weeks before census takers are set to begin visiting most households that haven’t responded.

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of census taker visits from mid-May to mid-August, giving the Census Bureau the opportunity to send one more reminder to households encouraging them to respond online, by phone or by mail. Responding now minimizes the need for census takers to visit homes to collect responses in person. About 62% of households across the country have already responded online, by phone or by mail since invitations began arriving in mailboxes on March 12.

The Census Bureau strongly encourages the public to respond online. Households can respond online or by phone in English or 12 other languages, or by using the paper questionnaire mailed to non-responding addresses or dropped off at the door. Although census takers will begin visiting households that haven’t yet responded beginning Aug. 11, households can still respond on their own until these visits conclude on Oct. 31.

Households that receive a reminder in the mail after responding may disregard it. The reminder was sent before the response was received. Some households that have already responded will receive a census taker visit as part of quality checks on the census.

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