April 1 is officially Census Day but efforts to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities are already well underway. The Census can be completed online, over the phone or by filling out a paper form. Census results shape the future of communities, as census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed to support critical local programs and services for the next 10 years. In Eagle County, $2,300 per person is allocated annually to support these services.
The U.S. Census Bureau continues to carefully monitor the COVID-19 public health crisis and follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities. Field operations are adjusting with two key principles in mind: protecting the health and safety of Census staff and the public; and, fulfilling a statutory requirement to deliver the 2020 Census counts to the President on schedule.
Self-Response (Home Mail Delivery)
Between March 12-20, the first invitations were mailed to an estimated 140 million households. All households that hadn’t responded were scheduled to receive reminder correspondence in the mail March 16-24. (What to Look for in the Mail)
- Original Self-Response Schedule: March 12 – July 31
- Extended Self-Response Schedule: March 12 – Aug. 14
Update-Leave (PO Box Mail Delivery)
Hand-Delivery of Census packets was scheduled to occur in Update-Leave areas, including much of Western Colorado, March 16-April 17. However, field operations have been suspended until at least April 15, therefor delivery of Census packets will be delayed accordingly. Even without an invitation, anyone in an Update-Leave area may still complete their questionnaire online at https://my2020census.gov or by phoning an enumerator at 1.844.330.2020. In these cases, address information will be used instead of the unique Census ID that would otherwise be used.
- Original Update-Leave Schedule: March 16 – April 17
- Delayed Update-Leave Schedule: March 30 – May 1
Nonresponse and Re-Interview Follow-Up
Census takers will interview households in person that have not responded online, by phone or by mail.
- Original Nonresponse Schedule: May 13 – July 31
- Delayed Nonresponse Schedule: May 28 – Aug. 14
Currently, there is no anticipated change to the following:
- Statutory delivery of apportionment counts to the President: Dec. 31, 2020
- Statutory delivery of redistricting counts to States: April 1, 2021
Additional Key Messages
Be safe. Be well. Be Counted!