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2020 Census : Breaking News

This guide draws upon work by Katherine Paterson, Loyola University Libraries and Linda Zellmer, Western Illinois University Library

Census Bureau Press Release

Census Bureau operational adjustments due to COVID-19


Census Bureau revised timeline for Census 2020 due to CoronaVirus public health closures.

3/15/2020 Census Bureau Press Release related to CoronaVirus impact on Census 2020

Among the points made is this:

"Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, in most cases students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

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Online Self-Response

For the first time ever, the Census Bureau is promoting the Online Self-Response option as the preferred method of completing the Census. Respondents will receive an ID code in the mail to enter when completing the online form using a personal computer, mobile phone or tablet. Respondents can also use their address instead of the ID code. The online questionnaire will be available in 13 languages (Arabic, Chinese [Simplified], English, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese) and assistance is available online in 59 languages

For those who do not have reliable internet access and/or the necessary skills to respond online, check with your local library!

The Census will also be available via phone or paper form, as well.


Same-Sex Marriage Option

For the first time, the 2020 Census will include options which indicate a same-sex relationship with another household member. This change is expected to improve national statistics on same-sex couples.