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Census Bureau’s Final Post-Enumeration Survey Field Operation Set to Begin

Press Release Number CB21–CN.76

NOV. 16, 2021 — The U.S. Census Bureau will follow up with households beginning November 29 and will continue through March 2022 as part of the final in-person collection operation for the Post-Enumeration Survey (PES). This survey helps measure the accuracy of the 2020 Census by independently surveying a sample of the population.

The PES Final Housing Unit Followup Operation will include housing units in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This part of the operation is conducted to measure and evaluate coverage on housing units in the census.

This PES operation was originally scheduled to end in June 2021 but, like other 2020 operations, was extended as a result of circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first results from the PES are planned for release in the first quarter of 2022, with additional results to be released in the summer of 2022.

Interviewers will visit a small percentage of households to collect additional information on housing units whose status in the earlier operations was not completely determined, and to confirm other information that was not available earlier. All interviewers will have official ID badges that include their name, photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.

Even if you responded to the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau urges households contacted during PES operations and any of its other surveys to respond.

More information is available in the Post-Enumeration Survey press kit.

No news release associated with this announcement. Tip sheet only.



Kristina Barrett
Public Information Office
301-763-3030 or
877-861-2010 (U.S. and Canada only)

Page Last Revised - November 19, 2021
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