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2030 Census

2030 Census

Planning for the 2030 Census—the 25th in U.S. history—is underway. To develop the operational design, we will factor in past census experiences, your feedback, and new research. We will also consider evolving technologies and the changing world around us.

Road to the 2030 Census

Early Planning Phase

Planning for the 2030 Census began in October 2018 with the Early Planning Phase. This phase builds the foundation for the 2030 Census. For 3 years, the Census Bureau examined the 2020 Census design to assess potential enhancements for the next decennial count.

Design Selection Phase

We are currently in the Design Selection Phase. This phase includes research, testing, and operational planning and design work to inform the selection of the initial 2030 Census operational design—the big picture plan for conducting the census. During this phase, the Census Bureau is doing a deep dive on 2020 Census Data Quality. We expect to decide on the initial 2030 Census operational design in late 2024.

Final Planning Phase

The Final Planning Phase is scheduled to start in 2025. After the initial operational design is developed, the Census Bureau will continue to develop our detailed operational plans and conduct tests as needed to ensure the census produces quality, useful information for the nation. Additional details will be provided as these become available.

Have ideas or comments for the 2030 Census? Now is the time to share them.

For the first time, the public can formally give input on planning and designing the next census. Your comments and recommendations are key for planning and designing the next census.

As announced in a Federal Register Notice posted August 17, 2022, everyone is encouraged to provide input now through November 15, 2022. We will use this input to inform the Census Bureau's decisions on the 2030 Census operational design.

Every census takes years of planning and preparation. It’s critical we hear your ideas now as the groundwork for the 2030 Census takes shape. As we get closer to 2030 and solidify plans, our ability to develop, test, and incorporate new ideas will be more limited.

We are looking for public feedback on certain topics.

We welcome your feedback on how to improve people’s experience when they participate in the 2030 Census. This will help us ensure everyone is counted.

Reaching and Motivating Everyone to Respond to the Census

How can we more effectively reach everyone, especially historically undercounted populations such as:

  • the Hispanic or Latino population,
  • the Black or African American population,
  • the American Indian or Alaska Native population living on a reservation,
  • people who reported being of Some Other Race, and
  • young children?

How can we more effectively reach increasingly mobile populations, and people living in informal, complex living arrangements?

Technology

What technology could make responding to the census more user-friendly? What technology could further enhance our efforts to increase self-response and facilitate our work to collect data in person, when necessary?

New Data Sources

What additional data sources (administrative records or other data sources) and methods for using them could increase census operational efficiency and effectiveness and improve data quality? The report on Administrative Data Used in the 2020 Census lists the most recently used sources.

How We Contact the Public

What tools and messages should we use to invite people to respond to the census, especially historically undercounted populations? How could we tailor them to maximize the number of households responding on their own? How often should we reach out to each household?

Providing Support to the Public

What are the public’s needs when responding to the census, especially historically undercounted populations? How can we support people as they respond—whether online, by phone, by mail, in English or in another language? How can we increase access for people with disabilities?

Ready to provide feedback?

You have until November 15 to submit your comments.

You can send your comments in two ways.

Email us at DCMD.2030.Research@census.gov. Please include “FRN Response” in the subject line.

Go online to the Federal Register website.

When submitting your comments, please be as specific as you can.

If your comment refers to one of the topics above, let us know in your response which topic you’re addressing.  

As you prepare your suggestions, you can refer to the 2020 Census Operational Plan and Detailed Operational Plans to learn more about how we designed and implemented the 2020 Census.

Your comments will be public.

All comments received are part of the public record, and we will summarize and share the input we receive publicly.

Keep in mind that if you voluntarily include personally identifiable information such as names and addresses, it may be publicly accessible.

Do not submit confidential personal or business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.

Thank you for helping us spread the word and encourage others to comment.

Here's what to expect next.

We will consider and share your input.

We will summarize and share the input we receive publicly. We will also give your ideas careful consideration as we research, test, and plan the 2030 Census operational design.  

We will continue discussing census topics.

We will continue working with federal statistical agencies and other stakeholders on topics such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, that could affect what the census asks about. Our country is becoming more diverse, and we want to ensure our statistics continue to capture that diversity.

We will share updates on our planning and research.

We know many stakeholders have already begun—or will begin—their own planning for 2030 Census outreach. To help inform your work, we will post updates on our planning and research on this page.

Have questions?

Email DCMD.2030.Research@census.gov or call 301-763-6712 and leave a message with your question.

We will find the right person to get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.

Related Resources


Press Release
Census Bureau Invites Public Input on Designing 2030 Census
August 17, 2022
The U.S. Census Bureau has formally invited the public to share their input and ideas for an improved 2030 Census.


Press Release
Oficina del Censo invita a opinar sobre el diseño del Censo del 2030
August 17, 2022
La Oficina del Censo invita formalmente al público a compartir sus ideas para lograr un mejor Censo del 2030.


Press Kit
2030 Census Press Kit
August 17, 2022
Planning for the 2030 Census—the 25th in U.S. history—is underway. We welcome your feedback during the design phase.


Spotlight
2030 Census Social Media Toolkit
August 19, 2022
We are asking partners and stakeholders to help spread the word about the 2030 Census Federal Register Notice and encourage others to provide feedback.


Fact Sheet
Your Input Will Help Design a Better 2030 Census
August 17, 2022
The U.S. Census Bureau welcomes the public’s feedback during the design phase of the 2030 Census.


Fact Sheet
Sus comentarios ayudarán a diseñar un mejor Censo del 2030
August 17, 2022
La oficina del censo apreciaría recibir las opiniones del público durante la fase de diseño del censo del 2030.


2030 Census Design Thinking Workshop Toolkit
The toolkit is a guide so that anyone can run a design thinking workshop to stimulate ideas around the 2030 Census as comments to the 2030 Census Federal Register Notice are contemplated.


Frequently Asked Questions
Click 2030 Census, then 2030 Census Planning in the left panel.

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