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Posted on: July 29, 2020

Census Bureau to Begin Non-response followup in North Dakota this week

 Census 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that it will begin following up with households in select areas that have not responded to the 2020 Census. The entire state of North Dakota is on the Nonresponse Followup (NRFU) list and will begin operations July 30. This means that Census workers (enumerators) will be physically visiting non-response households with the intent of getting them to fill out the Census.


All other area census offices across the country are scheduled to begin followup work on August 11. All offices will conclude work no later than October 31.


Households can still respond now by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding online at 2020census.gov, or by phone at 844-330-2020. 


Households can also respond online or by phone in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more. Those that respond will likely not need to be visited to obtain their census response.


North Dakota’s self-response rate of 62.1 percent means that approximately 155,000 households have not responded and will need to be visited by a Census representative.

Some important points about safety:

  • All census takers are trained on social distancing protocols.
  • Also, the U.S. Census Bureau provides masks and requires all census takers to wear them while conducting their work. 2020 Census interviews are quick – just about 10 minutes long and all surveys can be done 6 feet apart.
  • The following steps should be taken to verify the identity of a census worker.

First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.


If someone has questions about an enumerator’s identity, they can contact the North Dakota state operations office to speak with a Census Bureau representative. That phone number is 701-561-5508.

2020census.gov
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