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The Census is Coming

Get Ready to Count!

Community Census Updates, including operational adjustments in light of COVID-19

Check out regular updates on how our community’s hardest to count areas are responding to the 2020 Census


Every decade the United States Census Bureau conducts a count of all the nation's residents. The next Census Day is April 1st, 2020. Getting counted is an important way to contribute to your community, today and for the next 10 years. Census data impacts essential public services provided by states and local governments like healthcare, public safety, education and transportation. The Census determines our representation in Congresss and is used in redistricting at the state and local level. Your participation in the 2020 Census is safe and important to our community's future.



The Quad Cities' overall response rate for the 2010 Census was 81.8%. Without higher self-response, more households in our county are at risk of being missed in the 2020 Census. These residents and the community as a whole run the risk of losing equal and fair Congressional representation, as well as federal funding for the next decade.




This is the first time the Census has been available online, making census participation easier than ever! For the 2020 census, each household in the U.S. will either receive mailed instructions on how to fill out the census questionnare online, or they will receive the actual questionnaire. The goal is to have as many households as possible submit their responses via the Internet or by mail -- this is the self-response component of the decennial census.


The Doris & Victor Day Foundation has teamed up with the Regional Development Authority and the Bi-State Regional Commission to lead the Quad Cities to a fair and accurate count in Rock Island and Scott Counties for the 2020 Census.

February 2020
Census 2020 Awareness Phase
March 1, 2020
Telephone assistance begins in English
March 9, 2020
Telephone assistance begins in all 13 languages
March 12 - April 30, 2020
Self-Response Period. Households can begin self-reporting in late March online at Everyone is invited to fill out the Census online.
March 30 - April 1, 2020
The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
April 1, 2020
Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
April 2 - June 5, 2020
Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
April 9, 2020
Early Nonresponse Follow-Up begins for off-campus college student areas
May 13 - July 31, 2020
Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.