Current status of 2020 census preparation

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Al Fontenot, associate director of decennial census programs at the U.S. Census Bureau, details how the agency is preparing for the 2020 tally, and the new technology they’re using.


The 2020 census is quickly approaching, but the U.S Census Bureau is prepared. Al Fontenot, associate director of decennial census programs at the U.S. Census Bureau, says that new technology is allowing the agency to get much of their preflight work done faster and more efficiently than ever before. These include using handheld computers for in-person canvassing, and analyzing satellite photos to note changes in neighborhoods across the country.

“We are very happy we that were able to utilize that technology to take our address canvassing operations into the 21st century. I think more importantly than that, we want to make sure that people understand that every neighborhood is being covered, every household is being enumerated. We are here to make sure that we count everyone and everyone once and only once for the [2020] census.”