The 2020 Census is underway, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted the following operational dates. Here are a few quick facts about the changes:
- The census self-response deadline has been extended until August 14, 2020.
- Field operations have been delayed an additional two weeks until April 15.
- The Census Bureau is still on track to deliver the Census on time to the President on December 31.
For the full list of operational changes to the 2020 Census, please view the U.S. Census Bureau: 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19 fact sheet.
So how is Texas doing?
As of today, only 29.7% of households in Texas have responded to the 2020 Census by phone, mail, or online. The census data is critical to our basis of democracy and is used to make informed decisions that affect our everyday lives. Census data is used to ensure that all our Texas communities are treated fairly and that funds are appropriately allocated according to population needs. In times like these, census data is even more essential because our public health experts, government officials, and first responders rely on population data to make critical decisions.
Find out how your communities are responding to the 2020 Census
You can stay up to date with a map of self-response rates across the U.S. and Texas by using the links below:
- U.S. Census Bureau Self-Response by State. This map allows users to view the self-response rate from households that responded to the 2020 Census online, by mail, or by phone, and compare the state’s average to the national self-response average.
- City University of New York (CUNY) Center for Urban Research. Use this map to follow that state’s census progress and compare the progress with the census from 2000 and 2010. The map provides the feature to search the self-response rates by address, ZIP Code, landmark, county, state, or legislative district.
Make it Count!
There is still time to complete the 2020 Census!
- You can complete the census online, by phone, or by mail.
- Be sure to visit our TSLAC Census 2020 webpage for up to date 2020 Census information and resources.
- Share your library’s Census story with us! Follow @TSLAC on social media and share your story by using the hashtag #CountOnLibraries and #2020Census.
If you have any questions related to the 2020 Census, contact Laura Tadena, Inclusive Services Consultant.