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The Census Bureau is researching and testing operations for the population to exercise its civic obligation to be counted in the 2020 Census. Whether through the internet, telephone, traditional paper questionnaires, or in-person visits, the Census Bureau is committeed to making the mandatory once-a-decade headcount quick, easy, and safe for all to participate.

The 2019 Census Test supported the goal of the 2020 Census, which is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place. The Census Bureau conducted a nationally representative test of approximately 480,000 housing unit addresses to measure the operational effect of including a citizenship question on self-response rates.

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The Purpose of the 2019 Census Test

Throughout the decade, the Census Bureau has conducted extensive research and testing to inform census design. The primary purpose of this test was to study the operational effects on self-response of including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census questionnaire.

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