What Coronavirus Means for the 2020 Census

Headline Roundup April 1st, 2020

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will undoubtedly affect the 2020 U.S. Census, the 24th in the country's history. Many voices are advocating the importance of completing the census, especially during a crisis; some are focusing on specific coronavirus-related consequences that could negatively impact or skew census data.

Read more about why the U.S. conducts a decennial census on the Census Bureau website.

What Coronavirus Means for the 2020 Census

From the Center
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THE UNITED STATES is currently undertaking its population census, the once-a-decade effort to count every single person living here. More than 150 other countries will join in this world census round—the 10-year period centered on 2020, and around 90 percent of the world’s population has already been or will be counted.

But while impressive on a human scale, a modern census is technologically unspectacular. The American questionnaire asks just seven questions of each person, with a few more for each household as a whole. Counting generously, the government is collecting...

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From the Right
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OPINION

At college dormitories and student apartments across the U.S., census forms will be piling up — but many run the risk of not being filled in.

The spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. has coincided with the start of data collection for the 2020 census.

This may not affect the process for most people who are self-isolating at home. But for students, it could well affect where and if they are counted – and that could have big implications.

The rapid spread of the virus has meant that most...

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From the Left
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OPINION

To state the obvious, there’s never a good time for a pandemic. But among the things that make this a particularly bad time is that the United States is in the middle not only of a presidential election, but of the decennial census.

Notices have already been sent out to households across the nation about how to complete census forms online, but the Census Bureau has wisely suspended its outreach workers’ trips into neighborhoods to implore people to participate and to drop off notices at homes that don’t receive regular...

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