CSAC Bulletin Article

Census Bureau Cuts Counting by One Month

August 6, 2020

This week the Census Bureau announced that they will end all counting efforts on September 30, one month earlier than anticipated. The Bureau had previously extended their timeline to count until October 31 to help make up for time lost due to COVID-19 lockdowns. This reduction in counting efforts has left many concerned about whether or not the Bureau will have time to get a complete and accurate population count.

As of August 5, an estimated 64.5 percent of Californians have responded to the survey, however, the percentages vary widely between counties. Some areas of the state have response rates just over 20 percent, while others, like Santa Clara and Contra Costa Counties, have a response rate of 72.5 percent.

Counties will continue to work with the state and federal governments, as well as community groups helping to get the word out about the importance of a full and accurate count.

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