July 17, 2014

U.S. Census Bureau Conducting Pilot Census Test in Part of County through Mid-September; Residents’ Participation will Help Decide Changes for 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is now conducting a Census Test in Montgomery County and the District of Columbia that tests a variety of new methods and advanced technologies that are being considered for the next national census in 2020.

The local test, which is a pilot for the nation, is part of the Census Bureau’s commitment to find easier, quicker and safer ways for residents to participate and more economical ways for collecting data in the future.

Local residents who live in the eastern half of the County have been or will be contacted to participate in the test. They are encouraged to fill out a census survey online or on mobile devices to reduce the reliance on paper questionnaires. Respondents should fill out the questionnaire based on information about their household as of July 1, 2014, which was Census Day.

Further information about the census test, including a map showing the area of the County where residents will be tested, is found in the Census Bureau video and fact sheet.


  1. "Test" is misleading as Census Bureau says it is not enumerating on the test, yet they ask several questions about race, birthdate, number of people in household, etc. Video brushes over the "non-response phase" which is when they constantly call or come to your home in a very aggressive harassing way to try to get responses. They will park outside your house, waiting to catch you. During the last American Community Survey run by the census bureau, they even told my neighbor that if I did not answer the door, my home could be declared as abandoned and taken! Not true, of course but demonstrates the tactics they use to gather information which normally would be protected.

  2. confusing. E Mail states that forms need to be filled out by July 1, 2014, census day. This e mail was received July 20, 2014.

    1. To help clarify: The actual test, with residents responding, runs into September. Each participant should fill out the questionnaire using information about their household that was in effect as of July 1, 2014. The date is a reference point for information, not a due date.


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