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The 2020 Census: Timeline

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2019
Jan - SeptSeattle Area Census Office Opens

Jan - JunLarge-scale recruiting for area census offices and address canvassing

Beginning in JanCensus Bureau launches partnership activities

Jan - SeptAdditional complete count committees launch and develop strategies and work plans

Jun - SeptOpen additional area census offices in Everett, Olympia, Spokane, and Tacoma

Aug - OctAddress canvassing

Sept - Feb 2020Large-scale recruiting for the 2020 field operations
2020
JanComplete count committees begin community organization mobilization

Jan2020 Census advertising campaign begins

Mar - early AprComplete count committees encouraging self-response

Mar 12-20Mailing #1 sent to homes

Mar 16-24Mailing #2 sent to non-respondents

MarService-based count begins (for non-permanent locations like RV parks and campgrounds, tent cities, marinas, hotels)

MarGroup quarters count begins (for those living in group quarters like dorms, nursing homes, etc. and for the homeless)

Apr 1CENSUS DAY

Early Apr - Late JulNon-response followup (NRFU)

Early Apr - Late JulComplete count committees encouraging cooperation with counters

Apr 8-16Mailing #4 - letter & paper questionnaire sent to those who have not yet responded

Apr 20-27Mailing #5 - It's not too late! postcard

Dec 31Apportionment counts to the President
2021
Mar 31Redistricting counts to the states