Census Bureau Resumes Field Operations

The Census Bureau will resume field operations in the state of Washington on Monday, May 11.

Census workers will resume delivering invitations and questionnaires to those households that did not receive them when all field operations were suspended in March as a result of the COVID-19 virus.

This operation will affect about 5 percent of the households in the state – primarily more rural areas and households with PO boxes that do not receive mail at a physical address.  We call this operation Update Leave.

This work does not require any interaction with the public – census workers will not ring doorbells or collect census information.  All they will do is leave a packet with a questionnaire and instructions about how to respond at the front door.  For information about how to identify a census worker, click here.  They will also wear appropriate protective gear as needed.

Once people receive their invitation, we ask them to respond as soon as possible; each household should use the 12-digit code included with their census invitation for quicker processing.

There are three ways that people can respond to the census:

  • Respond online at www.2020census.gov.
  • Call a toll-free number (4 a.m. to 11 p.m. PT)
    • English, 844.330.2020
    • Spanish, 844.468.2020
    • Other languages available, please contact me for information
  • Return by Mail