The 2020 Census recently ended; how many people will get counted?

The census stopped counting people on October 15
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This is the team at the Placentia Library holding an in-person census workshop early in 2020, pre COVID.

The census happens every ten years and aims to count everyone who lives in the United States. The 2020 Census is the first one that invited households to respond online at It is also the first census that happened during a pandemic.

In the census, one person per household reports on everyone who lives at their address. Some types of households and people need extra help:

  • Less access to Internet
  • Don’t trust government
  • Households with multiple families
  • English not first language
  • Families with small children

There was disagreement about when the 2020 Census count should end. Some wanted to allow more time for local census workers to reach the people who had not yet responded. A judge asked the Census Bureau to keep counting people until the end of October. It was announced that the census would close on October 15.

The preliminary results of the 2020 Census are expected to be reported by December 31. You can read this article for more information about next steps.

We want to thank all of our partners who helped can help spread the word about the different ways people could take the census.

Here are some of the training slides Key to Community team members used to spread the word.

October 2020 Key to Community CENSUS PPT WEB FINAL

Let's hope as many people as possible were counted!

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