U.S. Census

Census Bureau Adapts to Coronavirus Outbreak

The bureau is postponing some mobile help sessions with the 2020 census questionnaire.

Census Advocates Spread the Word on New Online Forms

March letters will kick off the decennial count.

One-Third of U.S. Residents Suspicious of Census, Survey Finds

As the political stakes become clearer, more states are trying to motivate residents to participate in the census this spring.

One Month Out, Watchdog Warns About Census IT and Cybersecurity Challenges

The Census Bureau this month switched the internet response system that respondents will use to complete the 2020 census questionnaire. The last-minute change worries the Government Accountability Office.

Rural and Poorest States Depend on Census Most

High-poverty and rural areas that tend to get the most federal funding.

Census Gives Opposite Advice to Tornado-Damaged Dayton, Flood-Ravaged Houston

When people are displaced following a natural disaster, where should they be counted for the census? The answer could mean a lot of money down the line for communities trying to rebuild.

The Census Already Started in Alaska. Native Translators Are Working to Prevent Undercount Repeat

Across the country, tribal and non-English speaking communities are creating guidance and messages in a variety of languages to encourage Census 2020 participation.

Red States Push for Last-Minute Census Advantage

Several blue and red states are in danger of losing congressional seats.

From School Outreach to Hip Hop: How Mayors Plan to Boost Census Participation

The 2020 Census count will begin nationally in March and mayors are working to get the message out that every resident needs to be counted.

Census Talk with an Arizona Mayor

Mesa Mayor John Giles is an active participant in his city's census preparation and was an outspoken critic of a proposal to add a citizenship question to the 2020 survey.

U.S. Population Growing Very Slowly, Census Bureau Says

Ten states lost residents in 2019. But despite the country’s population gains slowing to a crawl, some states are attracting more residents, with Idaho and Nevada growing fastest.

Border Towns are Pushing for a Complete 2020 Count

For communities with high immigrant populations, an undercount of the 2020 census could sap both political representation and federal funding.

In the One State that Tested the Census, Concerns About Reaching Hard-to-Count Residents

The census deployed the only end-to-end test for the 2020 census in Rhode Island. But it didn’t assess efforts to reach communities of people who could be hesitant to participate, something local leaders are now trying to figure out.

Citizenship Question Would Not Have Lowered Census Response, Test Finds

A test the Census Bureau conducted this summer found that people who were asked whether or not they are U.S. citizens were not significantly deterred from answering the survey.

Census Bureau Begins to Ramp Up Field Operations for 2020 Count

The bureau plans to send out thousands of workers to verify addresses in the weeks ahead.

Why the 2020 Census Matters for Rural Americans

COMMENTARY | People living in rural and small town America in particular have much at stake in the 2020 census. Unfortunately, census participation tends to be lower in rural areas.

Watchdog Warns Census 'Short on Time' While Using Untested New Methods

The 2020 Census will for the first time allow respondents to answer surveys online, but the Census Bureau hasn’t been able to test to ensure all new innovative methods will function correctly when deployed, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Trump Opts for Federal Records Analysis Over Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

The decision ends weeks of turmoil over the census matter, with the president ordering government agencies to turn over records to the Department of Commerce that will enable the agency to count the number of non-citizens in the United States.

Trump Administration Will Print Census Forms Without Citizenship Question

The decision follows a Supreme Court ruling that rejected the administration’s justification for adding a question about citizenship status to the once-a-decade survey.