U.S. Census Updates During the COVID-19 Situation
Adams County 2020 Census
By April 1, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, residents should respond in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. Click here to for more information on how to respond.
Adams County 2020 Census Important Dates
- Early March: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
- March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
- April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
- April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
- May - Sept.: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
- Sept. 30: Census deadline.
- December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
Partnership, Coordination, and Engagement
These are the fundamental values driving Adams County’s 2020 Census Outreach Plan. The county has developed a robust and comprehensive approach to ensuring there is a quality and equitable increase in census self-response rates, with a specialized effort in “hard-to-count” populations. Adams County developed the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee (CCC) consisting of members of all municipalities within the county, county-wide organizations such as Anythink Libraries, a variety of local non-profits, and Interfaith networks that provide outreach and services throughout the county. The CCC also has representation from all Adams County school districts and lastly, a variety of elected officials and their staff also participate in assisting in census outreach efforts.
The State Demographer’s office currently projects roughly, 511,868 residents are living in Adams County (2019, 2018 Population Estimates, FactFinder.Census.gov), which is a significant growth projection. However, this number may be low as Adams County is currently ranked as one of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the United States. Adams County remains one of the most affordable areas in the region, as it is geographically positioned for the frontage workforce because of its central location with every major highway crossing its borders. Thus, there is a possibility the 2020 population growth may be significantly higher than was projected, making census outreach efforts for all a top priority.