This week, the U.S. Census Bureau began to release daily 2020 Census housing unit completion rates including the 2020 Census self-response rate and Nonresponse Followup completion rate. Over 73% of housing units have been accounted for in the 2020 Census as of today, with 9.7% counted by census takers and other field data collection operations, and 64.2% of housing units responding online, by phone or by mail.
The Nonresponse Followup completion rate, released for the first time during a decennial census, details the percentage of households that have been visited by a census taker and marked as complete. A household can be marked as complete with a household completing the interview or a housing unit address being marked as vacant or nonexistent.
The Census Bureau is releasing this information in order to help our partners and the public track their state’s progress in completing the 2020 Census. The data tables include self-response and Nonresponse Followup rates nationally and for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. These rates will be updated daily.
The Nonresponse Followup operation involves census takers visiting households that have not yet responded. This is the final stage of data collection for the once-a-decade population count of everyone living in the United States. Households can still respond now by responding online at 2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020, or by completing and mailing back their paper questionnaire. Households can respond online or by phone in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more. Responding now may minimize the need for a census taker to visit. Some households that have already responded to the census may still be visited by a census taker conducting quality checks.