Key Milestones for Census 2000
On February 28, 1996, the Census Bureau unveiled its plan for the best possible census in 2000.
The event marked the transition from planning to preparation for the 2000 count. An updated
plan, reflecting the Supreme Court decision of January 1999, was released on February, 23, 1999.
To conduct the 2000 Census, the Bureau put in place the field infrastructure, technology, and
workforce needed to carry out the federal government's largest peacetime activity. It opened 520
local census offices, printed more than 120 million questionnaires, and refined its operational and
statistical design based on the results of field tests. In April 1998, the Bureau conducted a Census
Dress Rehearsal which allowed for a final evaluation of census design and operations under
Listed below are key dates and activities remaining for the 2000 Census.
January 1, 2000 All 520 Local Census Offices opened and operational.
Early March, 2000 120 million letters were mailed to every address in the nation
announcing that the census form will be arriving soon.
March 13, 2000 Post Office delivered Census forms (through 3/15/00).
April 1, 2000 Census Day!
April 27, 2000 Nonresponse followup began (through 7/7/00). A field staff of
about 500,000 collected information in personal interviews from the
approximately 42 million housing units that did not mail back their
June 14, 2000 Secretary of Commerce Daley proposed a rule delegating to
the Director of the Census Bureau the authority to make the
decision as to whether or not to release the corrected results
of Census 2000.
Early June, 2000 Began interviewing of 300,000 households for the quality control
survey -- Accuracy and Coverage Evaluation (ACE) (through
September 21, 2000 Begin preparing initial Census file (through 10/6/00).
September 28, 2000 Commerce Secretary Mineta issues final rule delegating decision
making authority to Census.
October 2, 2000 Begin ACE/Census matching follow up.
October 23, 2000 Conduct ACE person followup interviews (through 11/21/00).
December 31, 2000 Apportionment counts delivered to President, who transmits them
to the Clerk of the House of Representatives.
January 20, 2001 New Administration takes office.
February 2001 Census bureau professionals to make decision as to whether to
correct Census .
March 2001 Dissemination of corrected redistricting data files for all states.