Information and events for the upcoming 2020 census to be held on April 1, 2020
The 2020 Census is here! New Hampshire’s participation in the upcoming count of population on April 1, 2020, is of critical importance to determine the number of seats representing our state in the U.S. House of Representatives. But the Census will also provide our communities with 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.
News and Updates
- The 2020 Census Self-Response Rate Map has been updated through March 29, 2020 (U.S. Census Bureau). New Hampshire's current self-response rate is 31.6% . For more information see 2020 Census Self-Response Rate Map FAQs (U.S. Census Bureau) and Tracking 2020 Census Progress in "Real Time" (Funders Committee for Civic Participation). The CUNY Graduate Center has released its own self-response rate map, with a search by location function.
- On March 28, 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau announced that due to the COVID-19 public health emergency all U.S. Census Bureau 2020 Census field operations will be suspended until April 15, 2020. During this time period households can continue responding to the 2020 Census online, via phone, or mail.
- The Census Counts Campaign launched a site with free, downloadable April 1, 2020 Census Day Materials 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 Virtual Messaging Media Toolkit geared towards outreach during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- 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 released a short and long version of 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19 with adjusted dates for different 2020 Census Operations/Activities (U.S. Census Bureau, March 21, 2020). The Self-Response phase has been extended from July 31st to August 14th.
- 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.
2020 Census Information
- General Resources - last updated March 30, 2020
- Hard to Count Populations & Affinity Group Resources - last updated March 30, 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
The Road to the 2020 Census
Below is a breakdown of where we are in the process. For additional details about the Road to the 2020 Census see this
Census Bureau infographic .
NH Office of Strategic Initiatives
107 Pleasant Street
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor
Concord, NH 03301