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Expect a Knock on Your Door from 2020 Census Takers

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – If you have not completed the 2020 Census for your household, expect to receive a knock on your door from Census takers between now and September 30.

The U.S. Census Bureau started on August 9 following up with households nationwide that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Their goal is to ensure that the count is complete and accurate by sending up to 500,000 Census takers door-to-door in neighborhoods across the country, roughly 56 million addresses.

Gaston County residents can still self-respond to the 2020 Census during this phase, either by going online to, by calling 1-844-330-2020, or by mailing in your completed questionnaire. Those who respond will not need a Census taker to visit their home.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Census takers have completed training on social distancing and other safety protocols and will be required to wear a face mask when conducting follow-up visits. Census workers will make up to six attempts at each housing unit address to count possible residents. They may also try to contact the household by phone to conduct the interview.

If you are unsure if the person knocking on your door is a Census worker they can be easily identified by a valid government identification badge with their photo, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge.

The U.S. Constitution requires a census of the population every 10 years. The statistics or data captured by the Census are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers each year for the next decade. For more information, visit