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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Census Weekly Update

City of McPherson (1)

Week 4/27 – 5/3

COVID-19 & Census Bureau Operations

The U.S.Census Bureau issued the following statement:

Guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management has given Federal agencies guidelines to resume operations on a epidemiologically sound, data-driven basis, adhering to the latest Federal, State and Local guidance. The Census Bureau continues to monitor the changing conditions at the State and Local level and will update its planned start dates for selected operations and in selected states, consulting with appropriate officials.  

Information provided daily to the Census Bureau from FEMA, as well as State and Local authorities, will be used to guide Census Bureau decisions on timing. As a result, selected field operations will resume on a phased schedule on a geographic basis.

Under the adjusted 2020 Census operational plan, the Census Bureau is conducting a series of preparatory activities so we are fully ready to resume field activities as we continue to advance the mission of the 2020 Census to ensure a complete and accurate count. In-person activities, including enumeration, office work, and processing activities, will always incorporate the most current guidance from authorities to ensure the health and safety of staff and the public.

Check out the full updated operations schedule. Also, share this video from the U.S. Census Bureau with messaging for college students.

It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.

Response Rates

Kansas started ranked 6th in the nation this morning and has dropped to 7th place - tied with Utah. Check out the U.S. Census Bureau’s map  to view your community’s self-response rate. This page will allow you to check rankings by state, county, and city.

Here are today’s rankings:


Total number of counties with a 55% or higher response rate is 38. Total number of cities with 55% or higher response rate is 195 (up from 152 last week)! 

Make sure you’re spreading the message in your community to complete the census - Let’s move into the top 5 next week!

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