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2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau had just begun field operations when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now, as the agency is preparing to restart, it’s focusing on rural and tribal communities.

The main downtown strip of Sterling, Colorado. Taken from across the street, with a statue of a man giving a boy food in the foreground.
Adam Rayes/KUNC

Why does a population number matter?

Take a place like Sterling in Logan County. Nestled into the northeast corner of Colorado, the small city serves as a hub for the agricultural communities surrounding it. It's got a Walmart, a few blocks worth of downtown, Northeastern Junior College and the state's largest prison, Sterling Correctional Center.

Now what if Sterling was given the wrong population number?

You probably got a letter in the mail recently from the U.S. Census Bureau asking you to fill out its survey. And maybe you're thinking, I don't have time for this! I just lost my job and I don't know how I'm going to pay my mortgage in the next couple of months! My kids are home and they're driving me crazy!

2020 Census: Your Questions Answered

Mar 12, 2020

Invitations to complete the 2020 Census start arriving in mailboxes today, but surveys show many people are still unclear about how they can fill it out or what the survey will ask.

From Pew Research Center:

After centuries of putting pen or pencil to paper, the U.S. government is getting ready to rely on digital screens and the cloud for its first-ever primarily online census.

Starting March 12, households across the country are expected to be able to participate in the once-a-decade national head count by going to my2020census.gov to complete the online census questionnaire, which is set to be open to the public through July 31.

As outreach efforts ramp up ahead of the next U.S. census, many people are confused about what the census means or how they can participate, according to a new report.


Updated on Feb. 12 at 6:42 p.m. ET

In these final weeks before the 2020 census is rolled out to the entire U.S., the federal government is under pressure to hire and train around a half-million door knockers and other temporary workers by this spring.

Census recruiter
Matt Bloom / KUNC

Potential recruits were everywhere inside the bustling food court at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Daniel Barr, the area census office manager for Northern Colorado, stood in front of a table covered in neat stacks of fliers, hoping to find the people he needed to carry out the mission of the country’s largest peacetime movement organization: the 2020 census.

Updated Feb. 11 at 10:04 a.m. ET

On the front lines of climate change, warming temperatures and thawing permafrost are making it harder to get an accurate count for the 2020 census in some of the most remote communities of Alaska.

Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET

The citizenship question the Trump administration wanted to add to the 2020 census would have likely been especially sensitive in areas with higher shares of Latinx residents and noncitizens. That's among the Census Bureau's final conclusions from its recent experiment testing public reaction to the question.