The Census Bureau is pleased to announce that it will resume field operations in the state of Washington on Monday, May 11.
Census workers will resume delivering invitations and questionnaires to those households that did not receive them when all field operations were suspended in March as a result of the COVID-19 virus.
This operation will affect about 5 percent of the households in the state, primarily rural areas and households with PO boxes that do not receive mail at a physical address. We call this operation Update Leave.
This work does not require any interaction with the public – census workers will not ring doorbells or collect census information. They will leave a packet with a questionnaire and instructions about how to respond at the front door. For information about how to identify a census worker, click here. They will also wear appropriate protective gear as needed.
Once people receive their invitation, we ask them to respond as soon as possible; each household should use the 12-digit code included with their census invitation for quicker processing.
|Self-Response Period — Underway||March 12 – Oct. 31|
|Field Operations Restart – Underway||May 11|
|Update Leave — Underway||May 11|
|Group Quarters (paper and e-response)||April 2 – Sept. 3|
|Group Quarters (in-person enumeration)||July 1 – Sept. 3|
|Non-Response Follow-Up||Aug. 11 – Oct. 31|
|Transitory Locations||Sept. 3-28|
|Counting the Homeless||TBC|
|Mobile Questionnaire Assistance||TBC|
- Census Extension. The Census Bureau has officially requested statutory relief from Congress to add 120 calendar days to the requirement to deliver final apportionment counts. Under this request, the bureau would extend field data collection and self-response to Oct. 31, which would result in data to be delivered to the president by April 30, 2021, and to the states no later than July 31, 2021. This is just a request and must be approved by Congress before any change to operations is made.
- Call Center Capacity Increased. As of April 14, the bureau is increasing the capacity of its call centers and is reinstating the callback option for the phone lines. The callback option – callers can leave a message and receive a timely call back from a census taker – will be available in all languages.
- Questions about ZIP Codes. Some people have asked why their mailing addresses do not seem to match where they live. The Census Bureau does not use mailing address for a residence to assign housing units to the proper political jurisdiction or census geography. Instead, the bureau uses the physical location of a housing unit to assign it to the proper geographic area. The bureau recognizes that the post office “city” names associated with a ZIP may differ from the legal municipality or district in which the housing unit is actually located. For more information, click here.
- Rumors. There is a rumor going around the country that census responses might be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits, including any potential stimulus package. This is false. Please continue to check the rumors page at https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/rumors.html for updated information.
- COVID-19. The U.S. Census Bureau is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 virus and is following the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities. We appreciate your support and patience as operations are adjusted.
Recruiting for Jobs
The Census Bureau still has jobs available for the 2020 Census. Almost every county has positions available. Please help us spread the word. Applicants can apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs.
2020 Response Rate Map
Track your community’s self-response progress on the 2020 Response Rate Map. Live data is updated every day about noon. Please note that the 2020 map data does NOT include anyone counted via the group quarters or transitory locations operations, and other special operations in remote or certain tribal areas. It also does not include responses collected during the non-response follow-up operation.
As of Sunday, May 10 the response rate for the entire state was 63.9%, meaning that 63.9% of all households have answered the census!
|Top 20 Response Rates by County|
(as of May 10)
|5||Kitsap County (tied)||67.5%|
|Thurston County (tied)||67.5%|
|10||Walla Walla County (tied)||64.1%|
|Pierce County (tied)||64.1%|
|Counties That Have Surpassed 2010 Rate|
|County||Current Rate||2010 Rate||Increase||Date Reached|
|1||Jefferson County||58.4%||55.7%||2.7%||May 1|
|2||Kitsap County||67.4%||66.3%||1.1%||May 6|
|3||Island County||62.6%||62.1%||.5%||May 8|
Missed one of our recent webinars? Recordings are available online from Washington Nonprofits.
|Census Operational Update||Watch|
|Statistics in Schools||Watch|
|Social Media and Video Contest||Watch|
|Health Care Community||Watch|
|Immigrants and Refugees||Watch|
|Chambers of Commerce||Watch|
|Small Towns and Rural Areas||Watch|
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