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April 1 is Census Day; visits on hold


Last updated 4/6/2020 at 7:42pm

To date, 36.2 percent of Colorado households have self-responded to the 2020 Census. The national self-response rate is 34.7 percent.

April 1 is Census Day, but the count will continue for weeks to come. Census officials encourage all Coloradans to respond as soon as they receive their invitation using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. They can also respond by phone or mail.

All of those options comply with the current social distancing requirements. Self-responding online, by phone, or by mail will minimize the need for the U.S. Census Bureau to send census takers out into the community to knock on doors.

Go to or call 1-844-330-2020 to complete the questionnaire.

The 2020 Census field operations recently were suspended for two weeks due to COVID-19. Based on continuing assessments, the U.S. Census Bureau is suspending 2020 Census field operations for two additional weeks to April 15th.

The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees and everyone who will go through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions.

The Bureau continues to evaluate all 2020 Census field operations, and will communicate any further updates as soon as possible.

The Bureau is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is working with national, state and local health authorities to continue conducting the 2020 Census.

Tentatively, in late May census takers around the nation will begin visiting households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census to help complete the count.

“As we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation, we will adjust census taker and survey operations as necessary in order to follow the guidance of federal, state, and local health authorities,” an official said in a press release. “We are focused on protecting the health and safety of our staff and the public and fulfilling our constitutional duty to deliver the 2020 Census counts on schedule.”

Top 15 Colorado county self-response rates:

1. Douglas County, 44%

2. Jefferson County, 43.8%

3. Yuma County, 43%

4. Boulder County, 42.5%

5. Broomfield County, 42.5%

6. Phillips County, 41.3%

7. El Paso County, 40.6%

8. Arapahoe County, 40.5%

9. Mesa County, 39.3%

10. Fremont County, 39.2%

11. Elbert County, 38.8%

12. Logan County, 38.8%

13. Larimer County, 38.1%

14. Delta County, 36.9%

15. Bent County, 36.8%


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