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Memorandum 2017.21: Area Census Offices for the 2020 Census

Memorandum 2017.21
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This memorandum documents the 2020 Census Program decision regarding the number and locations of the area census offices that will be established to manage and support field operations during the 2020 Census.

The Census Bureau plans to open 248 area census offices (ACOs) to support the 2020 Census. They will house the managers, staff, materials, and equipment needed to support the hundreds of thousands of Census Bureau employees conducting local census operations, including following up with households that do not respond, counting residents living in group housing, and other enumeration operations. Every state will have at least one ACO. Forty ACOs will open early, in a first wave, to support the Address Canvassing operation. The initial locations of the 248 ACOs, including the locations of early opening ACOs, are listed at the end of this document.

Initial Locations of 2020 Area Census Offices

The Census Bureau will open 248 areas census offices to support the 2020 Census at the following locations. These locations could still change as a result of the process the Government Services Administration uses to identify locations and negotiate leases.

pdf   List of Locations   [<1.0 MB]
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The 2020 Census Memorandum Series

The 2020 Census Memorandum Series documents significant decisions, actions, and accomplishments of the 2020 Census Program for the purpose of informing stakeholders, coordinating interdivisional efforts, and documenting important historical changes.

A memorandum generally will be added to this series for any decision or documentation that meets the following criteria:

  1. A major program level decision that will affect the overall design or have significant effect on 2020 Census operations or systems.
  2. A major policy decision or change that will affect the overall design or significantly impact 2020 Census operations or systems.
  3. A report that documents the research and testing for 2020 Census operations or systems.


Visit 2020census.gov to access the Memorandum Series, the 2020 Census Operational Plan, and other information about preparations for the 2020 Census.

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