WA Counts 2020

WA counts 2020 logo Governor Inslee asked all state agencies to help promote the 2020 U.S. census. 

The U.S. Constitution requires a count of the population every 10 years. It's important to count every resident in Washington because having accurate information ensures we receive our fair share of federal dollars. The census also determines the number of representatives we have in Congress. 

Make Washington count — Census 2020

Starting in March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau began contacting households through a series of mailings. This will be the first year the census form can be completed online. People can also respond by phone or they can fill out and mail a paper form. 

What's the timeline for the 2020 census?

Dates Actions
March 12-20 Mailing sent to homes
March 16-24 Mailing 2 sent to those who don't respond
March 26–April 3 Reminder postcard sent to non-responders
March Counting starts in locations such as RV parks, campgrounds, hotels
March Counting begins for those living in group quarters, such as dorms and nursing homes
April 1 Census Day
Early April–late July Nonresponse follow-up
April 8-16 Mailing 4 sent to those who didn't respond
April 20-27 Mailing 5 "It's not too late!" postcard
Early May Census bureau representatives visit households who didn't respond
End of July Census count ends
Dec. 31 Census Bureau sends state population totals and congressional apportionment to the president