Information and events for the ongoing 2020 Census.
The 2020 Census is here! New Hampshire’s participation in the 2020 Census is of critical importance to determine the number of seats representing our state in the U.S. House of Representatives. The 2020 Census will also determine how much funding our communities receive and provide information vital for funding and planning by state and local governments. A complete count of the population in 2020 is necessary for drawing accurate boundaries for voting and legislative districts, and communities rely on Census Bureau statistics for information to plan new businesses, schools, roads, hospitals, job training, centers, and senior care needs.
The New Hampshire Complete Count Committee urges everyone residing in our state who has not yet responded to the 2020 Census to do so today at my2020census.gov to help ensure a complete count of the state’s population. Your responses are protected by law, under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, from being shared with anyone, and it is only by counting everyone that New Hampshire will be fully represented at all levels of government, and that our communities will receive their proper share of federal resources. Our mission is to ensure that everyone residing in New Hampshire is counted once, only once, and in the right place.
2020 Census Information
- General Resources - last updated July 14, 2020
- Hard to Count Populations & Affinity Group Resources - last updated June 4, 2020
- Complete Count Committees in New Hampshire
- 2020 Census Employment Opportunities in New Hampshire
- Counting for Dollars 2020 - The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds to New Hampshire
Census 2020 Response Rates
- 2020 Census: Nonresponse Followup Operation (NRFU) Workload Completion by ACO (U.S. Census Bureau)
- 2020 Census State by State Total Response Rates (U.S. Census Bureau)
- 2020 Census Self-Response Rate Map (U.S. Census Bureau)
- 2020 Census Self-Response Rate Map FAQs (U.S. Census Bureau)
- 2020 Census Self-Response Rate Rankings Dashboard (U.S. Census Bureau)
- How is Your Community Responding to the 2020 Census in Comparison to Other Areas? Video(U.S. Census Bureau).
- CUNY Graduate Center Self-Response Rate Map (includes a search by location function)
- Tracking 2020 Census Progress in "Real Time" (Funders Committee for Civic Participation)
News and Updates
- The U.S. Census Bureau will be mailing paper 2020 Census questionnaires to households in low response tracts between August 22, 2020 and September 15, 2020. Paper questionnaires must be completed and postmarked by September 30, 2020 to be counted.
- The U.S. Census Bureau will be hosting Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) events throughout New Hampshire in August. Click here to find an MQA event near you!
- The Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center, City University New York published an analysis of 2020 Census national self-response rates through August 6, 2020 with a focus on national trends and hard to count populations (CUNY, August 7, 2020).
- On August 3, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will complete all field data collection for the 2020 Census by September 30, 2020, a month sooner than the October 31, 2020 end date it indicated in April would be necessary to count every person living in the U.S. given major setbacks from the coronavirus pandemic. This includes the Self-Response Phase and Nonresponse Followup Operation. The streamlining of field data collection and data processing is necessary to deliver congressional apportionments counts to the President by the statutory deadline of December 31, 2020.
- Beginning August 6, 2020, census takers will go door-to-door interviewing households throughout New Hampshire that have yet to respond to the 2020 Census, while following public health guidelines, as part of the Nonresponse Followup phase of the 2020 Census.
- Federal Workers Pushing to Get Granite Staters to Fill Out Census (NHPR, July 31, 2020)
- After a four-month delay, census works prepare to knock doors (Concord Monitor, July 28, 2020)
- During the week of July 27, 2020 – August 2, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau’s New York Region hosted Census PUSH Week , a regional challenge, focused on increasing 2020 Census self-response rates throughout the 8 states and Puerto Rico – CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PR, RI, VT – comprising the New York Region of the U.S. Census Bureau. During PUSH week 61 Mobile Questionnaire Assistance events were held throughout the Granite State. The winners of PUSH Week in New Hampshire were Carroll and Cheshire Counties and the Cities of Concord and Keene who each saw their self-responses rates increase by 0.6% during the course of the week!
- During the week of July 27, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau is sending out reminder postcards to an estimated 34.3 million households and emailing households in low-responding areas who have yet to complete the 2020 Census. This will be the final communication from the U.S. Census Bureau before census takers begin visiting nonresponding households across the nation on August 11, 2020.
- The U.S. Census Bureau has published a fact sheet about How to Encourage Response to the 2020 Census During COVID-19 (U.S. Census Bureau, July 24, 2020)
- Why the Census Counts for NH (Business NH Magazine, June 18, 2020)
- Did you know a census response is required from each and every property including seasonal homes? It’s true! Since New Hampshire has a lot of seasonal homes it is important to spread the word that these homes need to be counted during the 2020 Census to ensure the state gets a complete count. See the 2020 Census Seasonal Home Informational Flyer to learn more and how to respond to the census for multiple properties.
- Conducting the 2020 Census During A Pandemic (NHPR's The Exchange, June 11, 2020)
- The U.S. Census Bureau's Concord, NH Area Census Office (ACO) will be restarting operations, resuming the Update Leave (UL) field operation and completing the hiring process for Nonresponse Followup (NRFU) field staff during the week of June 1, 2020.
- The Black Women's Roundtable (BWR) Unity Campaign has published a Social Media Toolkit in advance of BWR's Count Black Women and Families Census Week which runs from May 31, 2020 - June 5, 2020. The goal of BWR's Census Week is to encourage African Americans to be counted and self-respond to the 2020 Census (Black Women's Roundtable, May 30, 2020).
- The NALEO Educational Fund ¡Hágase Contar! campaign has published a new Social Media Toolkit: Census + COVID-19 to engage community members about the importance of self-responding to the 2020 Census during the COVID-19 pubic health emergency. The Toolkit includes COVID-19 related interactive social media graphics that partners can share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (NALEO Educational Fund, May 28, 2020).
- The Census Bureau has published a fact sheet about when households in Update Leave areas should respond to the 2020 Census . The fact sheet states that households in Update Leave areas should wait for an enumerator to hand deliver a paper questionnaire to their home before responding to the 2020 Census (U.S. Census Bureau, May 22, 2020). The Census Bureau has also published a Status of Current 2020 Census Operations map, which is updated weekly and shows when Areas Census Offices and the Update Leave operation is scheduled to restart in different areas of the country (U.S. Census Bureau, May 22, 2020).
- Census Counts has published a new resource titled, "How to Engage with Rural Communities about the 2020 Census in the wake of COVID-19" (Census Counts, May 19, 2020)
- Census Counts published Background and Resources for Census Outreach to Support the Resumption of the 2020 Census Update/Leave Operation in Some States (Census Counts, May 15, 2020).
- The City of Dover is the winner of the Dover-Durham-Newmarket 2020 Census Firetruck Wash Response Rate Challenge with a self-response rate of 67.7% as of May 15, 2020, beating its final self-response rate in 2010. Newmarket came in second with a 66.4% self-response rate and Durham came in third with a 54.9% self-response rate. An event will be scheduled when health considerations allow for Durham Administrator Todd Selig and Newmarket Town Administrator Steve Fournier to wash down one of Dover's dirtiest firetrucks.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice has published a recording of its May 7, 2020 webinar titled, "Census Response Rates & Reaching Historically Undercounted Communities" (AAJC, May 10, 2020)
- On May 8, 2020, State Voices, a network of coalitions fighting for multiracial political power using data, civic participation, and grassroots organizing published a Tools Guide for Digital Census Outreach and fact sheet titled, "How to Use VAN for Census" .
- Census Counts has published a new fact sheet titled, "Self-Response: Responding without an ID" which explains how to respond to the 2020 Census without a 12-digit unique Census ID (Census Counts, May 8, 2020)
- On May 4, 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau announced that due to the COVID-19 public health emergency U.S. Census Bureau 2020 Census field operations will be restarting on a rolling basis across the country in May - July 2020 when public health allows. The phased reopening of new Area Census Offices (ACO) and resumption of field operations in specific states will be announced on a weekly basis .
- On May 4, 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau announced that due to the COVID-10 public health emergency the start of the 2020 Census Update Leave operation has been postponed, with Update Leave operations resuming on a rolling basis throughout the country in May - July 2020, when public health allows. In areas covered by Update Leave, which include those that lack a typical mailing address (i.e. areas with post office boxes or remote locations) census takers hand deliver paper questionnaires to each home. If your household has not received a paper census questionnaire or any other correspondence from the Census Bureau in the mail yet, your household is likely part of the Update Leave operation. Households in Update Leave areas should wait for an enumerator to hand deliver a paper questionnaire to their home before responding to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau has published instructions for completing the 2020 Census online without a Census ID .
- Census Counts has published a new Events Map Tool that includes 2020 Census virtual outreach events across the country. You can use the map feature and search by zip code to see all the events happening around your area or submit your own event (Census Counts, May 4, 2020)
- Community Change has launched a resource hub with digital 2020 Census outreach toolkits prepared by many national partnering organizations including the Arab American Institute, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, International Rescue Committee, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, National Congress of American Indians, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, National Disability Rights Network, National LGBTQ Taskforce, Partnership for America's Children, and United We Dream as well as other immigrant community coalitions (Community Change, May 4, 2020)
- The U.S. Census Bureau held a Digital Weekend of Action during the weekend of May 1 - 3, 2020 to promote self-response to the 2020 Census through a groundswell of conversation on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, eNewsletters, etc.). The U.S. Census Bureau created a 2020 Census Resource Guide and website for this Digital Action Weekend with sample Social Media posts, information about how to create your own content, make a video, and other helpful resources in multiple languages for promoting self-response to the 2020 Census.
- The Count All Kids Campaign held a Three-Days of Action Tweetstorm from April 30 - May 2, 2020 to encourage families to Count All Kids and babies on the 2020 Census over three important days: Día de los Niños, Census Advocacy Day, and National Baby Day. The Census Counts Campaign created a Three-Days of Action toolkit which contains fresh new social media materials for each day.
- The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance has created a Digital Organizing for the 2020 Census Toolkit focused on getting out the count in the time of social distancing (APALA, April 20, 2020)
- 2020 Census Continues Despite Pandemic (WMUR, April 21, 2020)
- After Virus Delays, Census Must Scramble to Avoid Undercount (NY Times, April 18, 2020)
- On April 13, 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau released updated 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19 with adjusted dates for different 2020 Census Operations/Activities on its website and in a printer-friendly format . The Self-Response phase has been extended from August 15, 2020 to October 31, 2020. The Census Bureau is also seeking statutory relief from the U.S. Congress which will allow for apportionment counts to be delivered to the President by April 30, 2021, and redistricting data to be delivered to the states no later than July 31, 2021.
- How to Count College Students in the Census, Even When They Are They're Gone (NHPR, April 10, 2020)
- 2020 Census: How and Why to Get Counted In N.H. (NHPR, April 6, 2020)
- The U.S. Census Bureau has created a 2020 Census Self-Response Rate Rankings Dashboard which ranks the self-response rates of states, counties, and cities and also shows the total number of responses per state. The dashboard is updated daily with the new release of new self-response rates (U.S. Census Bureau, April 3, 2020).
- Texas Counts has published several videos as part of its Pivoting to Digital Census Outreach & Organizing training videos. Videos include Overview of Tools for Digital Organizing, Intro to Facebook, Getting Started with Facebook Advertising, and Nextdoor.
- Philly Counts has published two interactive virtual Census activities: Census Bingo and Census Jeopardy
- On April 2, 2020 Asian Americans Advancing Justice Count Us in 2020 Campaign launched a webpage where it is providing regular updates about the impact of COVID-19 on 2020 Census Operations.
- On April 1, 2020 Community Action Partnership launched a webpage where it is providing regular updates about the impact of COVID-19 on 2020 Census Operations and also publishing daily national self-response rates to the 2020 Census.
- In advance of Census Day on April 1, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau has published a Census Day Social Media Guide for 2020 Census Partners.
- On March 31, 2020, the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition published two flyers outlining how college students should be counted in the 2020 Census during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- The Census Counts Campaign has launched a hub with free, downloadable April 1, 2020 Census Day toolkits and information about virtual events around the country prepared by many national partnering organizations including Asian Americans Advancing Justice, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, National Disability Rights Network, Partnership for America's Children, United We Dream!, and Yalla Count Me In. (Census Counts, March 28, 2020)
- The Census Counts Campaign has launched a website with COVID-19 Resources, which includes talking points and digital organizing resources (Census Counts, March 27, 2020)
- The U.S. Census Bureau New York Regional Census Center has published "I Completed My Census" and "We Completed Our Census" Flyers To Post At Home (U.S. Census Bureau, March 27, 2020)
- On March 23, 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau New York Regional Census Center published a Social Media Messaging Media Toolkit geared towards digital outreach during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The toolkit is also available in Spanish , Chinese , and Portuguese .
- The NALEO Educational Fund has published a Digital Communication and Outreach Toolkit to engage community members about the importance of self-responding to the 2020 Census during the COVID-19 pubic health emergency (NALEO Educational Fund, March 22, 2020)
- The U.S. Census Bureau has published a new video titled, "2020 Census: What College Students Need to Know to Be Counted in the Right Place" During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (U.S. Census Bureau, March 21, 2020)
- U.S. Census Bureau announces receipt of stimulus checks to help mitigate the financial effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency will not be tied to a household's completion of the 2020 Census (U.S. Census Bureau, March 20, 2020)
- The U.S. Census Bureau has created a 2020 Census COVID-19 news page where it is publishing updates concerning modifications to 2020 Census operations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (U.S. Census Bureau, March 20, 2020).
- Census Counts, a coalition of more than 15 national organizations advocating for a Complete Count has released a Digital Organizing Toolkit for Getting Out A Complete Count and a document outlining Considerations and Resources to Plan Remote and Digital Outreach (Census Counts, March 18, 2020)
- The Census Open Innovation Labs at the U.S. Census Bureau has launched a first-of-its-kind Video Prize Challenge to help get the word out about the 2020 Census with a total of $50,000 in prize awards. Video submissions are due via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 11, 2020 at 2:59 AM ET.
- Census Bureau Releases Fact Sheet on How to Count Complex Households (U.S. Census Bureau, March 16, 2020)
- Census Bureau Statement on Modifying 2020 Census Operations to Make Sure College Students are Counted During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (U.S. Census Bureau, March 15, 2020). On March 15, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau also issued an Update on the 2020 Census for College/University Student Housing Administrators (U.S. Census Bureau, March 15, 2020).
- State Voices, a network of coalitions fighting for multiracial political power using data, civic participation, and grassroots organizing. has released comprehensive guidance on how Get Out The Count Efforts Should Be Modified During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (State Voices, March 15, 2020)
- With the March 12, 2020 national launch of the 2020 Census self-response operation, the U.S. Census Bureau has created a Responding to the Census webpage with response guides for responding to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail (paper).
- The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) has created printable 2020 Census "I've been counted!" stickers in advance of the March 12, 2020 national launch of the 2020 Census self-response operation.
- A Census Complete Count Will Benefit Everyone in New Hampshire (NHMA Town & City Magazine, March 2020)
- U.S. Census Bureau launches campaign to combat 2020 Census Fraud and Rumors (U.S. Census Bureau, March, 2020)
- Granite United Way, with funding from the New Hampshire Funders Forum accepted applications for the New Hampshire Complete Count 2020 Mini Grant Program on a rolling basis until March 6, 2020. The short term program is designed to assist non-profit organizations, including local complete count committees, across New Hampshire in their outreach and organizing efforts to attain the highest 2020 Census count possible. Priority will be given to applications that prioritize outreach to hard to count populations at greatest risk of an undercount in New Hampshire.
As of January 6, 2020 the Census Bureau has increased the hourly rate for census takers in New Hampshire to $20.00 an hour! You can apply online at the Census Bureau's job site.
The Road to the 2020 Census
Below is a breakdown of where we are in the process. For additional milestones see 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19.
NH Office of Strategic Initiatives
107 Pleasant Street
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor
Concord, NH 03301