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considers topics such as hard to reach populations, race and ethnicity, language, aging populations, American Indian and Alaska Native tribal considerations, new immigrant populations, populations affected by natural disasters, highly mobile and migrant populations, complex households, rural populations, and population segments with limited access to technology. Also advises on data privacy and confidentiality.
presents the findings from the 2020 Census Barriers, Attitudes, and Motivators Study (CBAMS) Focus Groups conducted among racial and ethnic minorities, those with low internet proficiency, young people who recently moved, rural residents, and audiences at risk of low self-response. Includes attitudes about inclusion of citizenship question.
final CBAMS report used to answer the questions:
- Who intends to respond to the 2020 Census?
- Where do gaps in knowledge about the census exist?
- What barriers would potentially prevent people from completing the 2020 Census?
- What would potentially motivate people to complete the 2020 Census?
information from the Brennan Center, an NYU School of Law nonpartisan law and policy institute. Includes info on census basics, litigation about Census 2020, the citizenship question, and confidentiality of responses
How you will be "invited" to participate in the 2020 Census
Between March 12-March 20, most households will receive in the mail an invitation to participate along with information on how to respond online or by phone. Households in areas less likely to respond online may also receive paper questionnaires at this time, along with an invitation to respond online or by phone.
If you have not responded, periodic reminders will be mailed until April 3.
If you have still not responded, a reminder and paper questionnaire will be delivered by mail between April 8-April 16.
Final reminders will be mailed between April 20-April 27. After that, the Census Bureau will follow up in person.
What questions are on the form?
Seesample formfrom the Census Bureau; note that there is NOT a question about citizenship
The individual filling out the form ("Person 1") will be asked:
“How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020?”
“Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2020 that you did not include in Question 1?”
“Is this house, apartment, or mobile home owned by you or someone in the home / rented / occupied without payment of rent?"
Age & Date of birth
Questions about additional people in the household are:
Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else