2020 Census

2020 Census Deadline Moved Up to September 30

August 4, 2020

Last night, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it was moving up the deadline to complete field data collection to September 30, a month earlier than planned. This new deadline (moved up from October 31) applies to both self-reporting and field collection efforts. With the tighter deadline, it is now more important than ever for township officials to encourage residents who have not responded to do so as soon as possible.  

To be counted, households must complete the survey by September 30. Please alert your residents to this new deadline and urge them to make sure they complete their census and cooperate with census takers who come to their door. Your township’s population count for the next decade is at stake! 

Lack of internet access combined with the planned reduced time commitments of canvassers is pointing to low response rates. Spread the word to your township residents and start the Census Bureau’s “Shape Your Future” challenge! I pledge to complete the 2020 Census and I am challenging you to do the same. #ShapeYourFuture 

Let’s work together to get EVERYONE counted in the 2020 Census! 


Urge Your Residents to Complete the Census by Constitution Day

July 30, 2020

PSATS is urging a statewide push to count every person in every township. To help with this effort, Constitution Day (September 17) has been designated as “Township CENSUS 2020 Response Day.” Let’s use the fact that the U.S. Constitution mandates a count of the nation’s population every 10 years to rally township residents to make sure they are counted. Please use this flyer and logo to help us promote Township CENSUS 2020 Response Day as a special and important event in your township. 

Click here to download

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What to Expect When Census Takers Come Knocking

July 23, 2020

In-person visits at households that have not yet responded to the census have begun in Pennsylvania. Encourage your residents to cooperate with census takers and ensure that everyone who was living in their household as of April 1, 2020, is counted.

Here’s what you need to know about these in-person visits:

  • Census takers are REQUIRED to wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit homes.
  • Workers have completed a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work.
  • Census takers are hired from local communities. They speak English, and many are bilingual. If a census taker does not speak the householder’s language, the household may request a return visit from a census taker who does. Census takers will also have materials on hand to help identify the household’s language.
  • If no one is home, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail.
  • Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, call the Philadelphia regional census center at 267-780-2600 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.


Nearly All Households Should Have Received Their Questionnaire By Now

June 24, 2020

Continue to remind your residents to complete their census. Responding now means they can avoid a visit from a census taker later this summer or fall. Please note that because of COVID-19, the timeline for census operations has been adjusted. Most notably, the deadline for responding to the census has been extended to October 31 (it was originally July 31) and the delivery of apportionment counts to the president will now be by April 30, 2021 (pushed back from December 31, 2020). Click below to view and download the “2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19.”


Encouraging Response to the 2020 Census During COVID-19

June 11, 2020

In this flyer, the U.S. Census Bureau shares some ideas for communities to encourage response amid social distancing.


PSATS "Census Corner" Shareable Graphics

Click on the graphic below to download for use on in your township newsletter, website, or social media to promote the 2020 census.





Respond When You Receive Your 2020 Census Invitation (Flyer)

Toolkit for State and Local Officials – The U.S. Census Bureau has assembled a toolkit designed to help state and local governments motivate their constituents to respond to the 2020 Census and aid public officials in their responses to questions. The toolkit contains tips, as well as useful fact sheets.