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Census Workers Completing Delivery of 2020 Census Materials to Households in Puerto Rico

By on June 19, 2020

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Delivers materials to 96% of U.S. households

SAN JUAN — Census workers are in the final stages of delivering 2020 Census invitations and paper questionnaires in Puerto Rico. By completing this effort, the U.S. Census Bureau urges households to respond now by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire, responding online at 2020census.gov, or by phone at 844-426-2020 using the provided Census ID.

As of June 16, more than 99% of households in Puerto Rico have received the 2020 Census invitation packet, the Census Bureau said, adding that it resumed dropping off 2020 Census invitation packets at homes May 22 as part of a phased restart of 2020 Census operations.

Currently, less than 20 percent of households have responded to the 2020 Census in Puerto Rico, which is why the Census Bureau is urging every household to complete it as soon as possible.

“Households that do not respond to the invitation will be visited by a census taker during the Nonresponse Followup Operation. Your response helps shape decisions about distribution of funds for public services such as schools, emergency response and health care in your community. Responding with the Census ID or paper questionnaire helps ensure the best count in Puerto Rico,” the bureau said.

Nationwide

Census workers have completed 96% of the 2020 Census “Update Leave” operation, where 2020 Census invitations and paper questionnaires are delivered to households in certain — often rural — areas across the country. In these areas, most households generally do not receive mail at their homes, so census workers drop off census materials in person. When the operation is complete, nearly every household nationwide will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census either in the mail or from a census worker.

As of June 18, 61.5% of households have responded to the census.

Census workers are dropping off census materials at the front doors of roughly 6.8 million households nationwide. Census workers began delivering materials on March 15 but suspended delivery on March 18 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Census workers resumed delivery on May 4 as part of a phased restart of 2020 Census operations. In some areas of the country, the operation is complete, and in others it will be completed soon.

Currently, nearly four out of 10 households have yet to respond to the census.

“Households that do not respond to the invitation will be visited by a census taker during the Nonresponse Followup Operation. Your response shapes decisions about how public funds are spent for schools, fire and emergency services, and health care for your community. Results from the 2020 Census also determine how many seats each state receives in Congress and provide data for redrawing legislative districts,” the bureau said in a release.

“If your household has not received an invitation in the mail or at your door, please respond online at 2020census.gov or by phone at 844-426-2020,” the bureau urged.

For more information, visit the 2020 Census COVID-19 operational adjustments page.

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