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United States Census 2020: Everyone Counts

Every 10 years, the census is the constitutionally-required count of every person living in the United States. Census data is used to make decisions about federal appropriations that communities rely upon for services and programs, including grants to states under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Our local communities also use census data for planning purposes. This is the first census that will be focused online. The next census will begin in remote portions of Alaska on January 21, 2020, but most households will receive their census materials March 12, 2020.

Sno-Isle Libraries is considered a key partner in census education and outreach and has been invited to be part of Snohomish and Island Counties' "Census Complete Count Committees".

2020 Census Timeline

When can you expect your Census postcard? The following timeline includes key dates for the 2020 Census.

  • March 12 - 20, 2020 - Invitation postcards sent to households
  • March 23, 2020 - Census website goes live
  • March 16 - April 4, 2020 - Reminder letters sent
  • April 1, 2020 - Census Day
  • April 8 - 16, 2020 - Reminder letters with paper surveys sent to households that have not responded online
  • May - July, 2020 - In-person follow-up visits by Census enumerators

Learn the history of the Census by viewing our Census Historical Timeline.

Links and Resources

United States

Census 2020
Census 2020 (Español)
The official website of the 2020 Census.

Employment Opportunities (Washington State)
The Census Bureau hires people for a variety of temporary positions, including supervisors and door-to-door enumerators.

United States Census Bureau
Explore census data at the local, state, and federal level.

Avoiding Fraudulent Activity and Scams
Learn how to identify and avoid census scams.

Washington State

2020 Census: Everyone Counts
Washington state census information and efforts for a complete count.

Why is the 2020 Census important?
Learn how Washington benefits from a complete count.

Q & A about the 2020 Census
General information about the census.

Hard-to-count population – 2020 Census
Learn about the hard-to-count populations in Washington and where they are located.

Other Links

Association of Washington Cities
Learn why the Census is important for Washington's cities.

Library Resources

Census records are an invaluable source of basic information in genealogical research. Use the following resources to help trace your genealogy.

Ancestry Library Edition

Discover their stories in the world's largest online family history resource, home to billions of historical records, millions of family trees and lots of helpful, timesaving tools. Only available in a community library.

MyHeritage Library Edition

Features over 8 billion primary historical records from the United States, Europe, and other regions, with coverage starting from the 16th century. Often accompanied by true document images, these records illuminate historical realities across a wide variety of regions.

Gale Business: DemographicsNow

U.S. demographic data, for gaining insight and analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population. Standard and custom reports are available for download.

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