Census Bureau: Second Phase of Household Pulse Survey Begins

The U.S. Census Bureau has targeted mid-August to resume data collection for the experimental Household Pulse Survey. The Household Pulse Survey was temporarily suspended to allow the Census Bureau to prepare for a second phase of data collection. As part of the second phase, the agency has reviewed the questionnaire to ensure that the information collected continue to be timely and relevant given the continuing nature of the pandemic. 

The Office of Management and Budget approved the Census Bureau’s request to continue the survey on July 31, 2020, subject to final approval of a revised questionnaire now under review. The Census Bureau, along with other federal agencies, is proposing question revisions that reflect the continuing pandemic and its effect on education, housing and other dimensions. 

Results of the first phase of the Household Pulse Survey are available through the Household Pulse Survey Interactive Tooldetailed tables and a public use data file on the website.

The Household Pulse Survey is designed to collect real-time data on how people’s lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to inform federal and state response and recovery planning.

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