Counting On The Census

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Washington, D.C., February 21, 2020 | comments

Dear friend,

This past week I have been at home meeting with groups and officials throughout Washington’s first congressional district to learn more about the issues most important to our communities in 2020.

With the 2020 Census upcoming, I met with the Everett Census Bureau Office, where I was briefed on their operations and met with Census employees. The Everett office serves all of Washington’s first district including portions of King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years, and the statistics gathered from it help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated to state and local communities for the next decade.

Please be aware of the following timeline for the 2020 Census.


  • March 12 - 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with 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 experiencing homelessness.
  • April 1: National Census Day is observed. Every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census by this date.
  • 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.
  • April 8 – April 16: Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to households that have not yet responded.
  • April 20 – April 27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered.
  • May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

To help ensure a complete count, the Census Bureau will provide video language guides, print language guides and language glossaries in 59 non-English languages. You can visit THIS WEBSITE if you have additional questions about the 2020 Census. If you are interested in employment opportunities with the Census, you can sign up on THIS WEBSITE.

As always, I am here to help you. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my Bothell office at (425) 485-0085. For more updates on what I’m doing for WA01, you can follow me on social media at the links above. 



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