2020 US Census

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The U.S. Census Bureau has announced it's ending the 2020 count a month early, a move that's likely to have a big impact on Indigenous communities in the West.


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The U.S. Census is underway, and many communities of color across the nation are vulnerable to being undercounted this year.

According to a new analysis from Headwaters Economics, more than 700,000 people of color are at risk of being undercounted in the Mountain West alone.

A graphic showing the U.S. Constitution and a Census questionnaire.
U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau had just begun field operations when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now, as the agency is preparing to restart, it’s focusing on rural and tribal communities.

A group of House Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that would push back major deadlines for the 2020 census as requested by the U.S. Census Bureau because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Un letrero en la Biblioteca Pública de Reno dice: "Únase al equipo del censo 2020". Solicita en línea!"
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Con poco más de un mes hasta el Día del Censo, el Distrito Escolar del Condado Washoe aprobó por unanimidad una resolución para designar del 30 de marzo al 3 de abril como Días de Acción del Censo, en un esfuerzo por alentar la participación en el Censo 2020 y lograr que escuelas se involucren más en facilitar el conteo.

A sign in the Downtown Reno Public Library reads, “Join the 2020 census team. Apply online!”
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With a little more than a month until Census Day, the Washoe County School District unanimously passed a resolution to designate March 30 through April 3, as Census Days of Action in an effort to encourage participation in the 2020 Census and get schools more involved in facilitating the count.

As outreach efforts ramp up ahead of the next U.S. census, many people are confused about what the census means or how they can participate, according to a new report.


Cross the treeless, frozen tundra of southwest Alaska, over ice-covered lakes and ponds near the Bering Sea, and you'll find the first community in the U.S. counted for the 2020 census.

Census taker walking up to the front door of a residence.
U.S. Census Bureau

The 2020 U.S. Census kicked off this month and Census Bureau representatives are bolstering their recruitment efforts in Nevada.