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The Census is Hot, Hot, Hot!

When I think back to January when the Census Bureau officially kicked off the 2020 census in Alaska, who would have thought the census would continue to be such a hot topic in September? I didn’t.

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Only Five Weeks to Go ... for the 2020 Census!

If ever there was a year that fortune and a little luck were needed, 2020 is it! As many of you know, the Census Bureau announced that both self-response and field data collection will end on Sept. 30, a month earlier than anticipated.

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California Circumvents Census Calamity

With the Census Bureau’s field operations delayed for months by COVID-19, thus pushing back the release of census operations (if Congress grants the bureau’s request), states dependent on census data are strategizing on how to mitigate the expected delays’ negative impacts.

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The census is at once as simple as counting one, two, three, and as complex as democracy itself. The goal has always been to determine how many people are living in the United States—but the reason has been above all else to ensure that political power is distributed according to population.

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2020 Census Response Rates Are Good—But Not for Everyone

COVID-19 is affecting every aspect of our lives. Like many of you, I haven’t been able to visit my community center, public library or see my friends in person since early March. And, just like all of us, the U.S. Census Bureau is grappling with the pandemic too.

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Lots of Questions as Census Bureau Delays the Count

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau asked Congress for permission to delay its 2020 Census data releases by 120 days.

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No Fooling—Today is Census Day

Even in these uncertain times of the coronavirus, today is still the reference date for counting all people in the United States wherever they live or are staying. However, did you know that Census Day hasn’t always been April 1?

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Work at Home Assignment: Get Counted

I just completed the census questionnaire for our household last night. Amid a sea of uncertainty, this was one task that I could affirmatively and completely say, “I did it!”

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Is That Mailing Really From the Census Bureau?

Have you received a recent mailing that looks like a census form or questionnaire? If it arrived before this week, it’s likely not from the Census Bureau.

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States Offering Exemptions and Waivers to Aid Census Hiring

States, counties and communities are helping to recruit residents to pick up a pen, phone or tablet and become a Census employee. Hiring events are still happening around the nation, such as “Census Saturdays” at local libraries, open houses, job fairs—even tables at flea markets.

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