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Census Count Delayed by Three Months Because of Coronavirus

  • House Democrats weigh changes to legal deadlines for headcount
  • Redistricting data expected before 2022 midterm elections
U.S. Census Forms As Bureau Suspends 2020 Field Work On Virus Concern
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The once-per-decade U.S. census will be delayed by at least three months, the Commerce Department told Congress on Monday, as the coronavirus pandemic hinders in-person data collection from households.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced field operations will be delayed until June 1, and that in turn would delay completion of the count until Oct. 31. He asked Congress Monday to grant his department a 120-day extension of statutory deadlines as a result of the outbreak. A leading House Democrat said Congress will consider the request.