More than 60 percent of U.S household have completed the 2020 Census

Staff Writer
Syracuse Journal-Democrat

Responses to the 2020 Census are on track as more than 60 percent of U.S. households have responded to the 2020 Census, with approximately four out of every five households that responded on their own choosing to do so online at Current internet self-response rates are 9.2 percentage points above Census Bureau projections, as households continue to favor online to phone and mail in responding to the census.

In mid-March, most households received an invitation in the mail to respond to the 2020 Census, followed by multiple reminders and a paper questionnaire. Census takers are scheduled to visit households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census beginning in August.

Beginning the week of May 4, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, the Census Bureau began a phased restart of some 2020 Census field operations in select geographic areas. As part of this phased restart, the Census Bureau resumed dropping off 2020 Census invitation packets at front doors in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their home. About 5 percent of households are counted during this operation, known as Update Leave, where census workers confirm or update a household’s physical location address and then leave a census questionnaire packet.

The health and safety of Census Bureau staff and the public is of the utmost importance. All returning staff will receive safety training on social distancing protocols and be provided personal protective equipment before restarting operations.

The 10 states with the highest self-response rates are:

1. Minnesota       70.0 percent

2. Wisconsin        67.4 percent

3. Iowa                 66.9 percent

4. Michigan          66.7 percent

5. Nebraska         66.5 percent

6. Washington     65.4 percent

7. Ohio                  65.3 percent

8. Illinois               65.2 percent

8. Virginia             65.2 percent

9. Indiana             64.9 percent

The Census Bureau strongly encourages the public to respond online at Households can respond online or by phone in English or 12 other languages. Households can also respond by mail using the paper questionnaire mailed to non-responding address. For more information, call 844-330-2020 or visit To see a revised timeline for the census, visit the 2020 Census operational adjustments page.

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 hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years.