RGV Census 2020

Welcome to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council 2020 Census portal where you will find information regarding the 2020 Census process, regional efforts, strategies, and 2020 Census committees' information.

The upcoming 2020 Census enumeration process will directly impact and define our community for the next decade. Census Bureau figures are used for the appropriation of federal funds, the apportionment of US House of Representative seats, state legislature and other local entities representation. Additionally, Census Bureau figures are now commonly used by many in the public and private sector for business decisions that impact our future growth.

The data collected during the upcoming 2020 Census will define our region for at least a decade and impacts:

  • Federal funding
  • US Representative seats
  • State legislature districts
  • School districts
  • Voting precincts
  • Calculation of education, unemployment, crime, and poverty rates
  • Business location decisions


Our goal is to provide RGV Census 2020 timeline information, share news of a local area office that will open in 2019, identify and target areas of low response across the RGV, and develop a strategy to make sure everyone is counted.

Four methods of response to ensure everyone is counted:

  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Paper/mail
  • Enumerators

Cities that have formed Complete Count Committees

  • Cameron County
  • Brownsville
  • Harlingen
  • La Feria
  • Los Fresnos
  • South Padre Island
  • Hidalgo County
  • Alamo
  • Alton
  • Donna
  • Edcouch
  • Edinburg
  • Hidalgo
  • McAllen
  • Mercedes
  • Mission
  • Palmview
  • Peñitas
  • Pharr
  • San Juan
  • Weslaco
  • Willacy County
  • Lyford
  • Raymondville
  • San Perlita

Community Organizations

  • Equal Voice Network
  • LUPE


  • Congressman Cuellar
  • Congressman Gonzalez
  • Congressman Vela

Regional Partners

  • Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council
  • Hidalgo County
  • RGV Partnership
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Cameron County
  • Willacy County

*A 2020 Complete Count Committee is underway. The following committees will be developed to create plans for outreach to various constituent groups:

  • Government
  • Education
  • Faith-based Community
  • Media
  • Community Organizations
  • Business Representatives
RGV Census 2020 Timeline  
January 2018 through September 2019 Engage & Educate Local Leaders, Partners & Communities
May 10th 2018 RGV Census 2020 Regional Task Force initial meeting
August through November 2018 RGV Census 2020 Regional Task Force meeting
     • Create Complete Count Committees across the RGV
April 2019 through January 2020 Promote Participation in the Census Locally
January 2019 & February 2019 Early Area Census Offices Open in the RGV (these offices run the Address Canvass Operation)
February through May 2019 RGV Census 2020 Regional Task Force meeting
     • Discuss RGV Census 2020 branding & messaging
June 2019 through August 2019 Area Census Offices Open (ACOs)
August 2019 RGV Census 2020 Regional Task Force meeting
August 2019 through October 2019 Address Canvass Operation in Select areas(~30% of country, high growth & change areas and not part of hand delivery, see below)
November 2019 RGV Census 2020 Regional Task Force meeting
April 2020 through September 2020 Group Quarters Operation (Count of Residents in Shelters, Dorms, Nursing Homes, Transitory Locations, Prisons, Military Bases, RV Parks, etc. Local governments & Census Identify & plan these operations)

RGV Census 2020 Regional Task Force meetings as needed.
March 2020 through October 2020 Call to Action for Residents to Respond (Starting March 12)
Mid-March 2020: Residents Invited to Respond

Individual Housing Units (HUs) Invited by either:

Mail (to USPS Mailable Addresses) or

1. Letter Mailed
2. Reminder Postcard
3. Then Paper Questionnaire

Hand Delivery (to Rural/PO Box, non-USPS HU delivery)

1. Listing Housing Units(operation is called Update Leave)
2. Leave Questionnaire (Spanish in certain areas) & Letter w/other Response Options (Internet & phone)

Options to Self-Respond (all residents will have these 3 options & decide what is best for them )

• Internet
• Telephone
• Paper
March 12, 2020 Self-Response Begins & Continues through October, 31 2020 (Census end date)
April 1, 2020 Census Day - Reference Date = where you live on April 1
Mid-April 2020 Early Non-Response Follow-up (primarily areas around Colleges/Universities where the population leaves before early May)
May 2020 through October 31, 2020 (Census end date) Non Response Follow-up (NRFU) to Hus that do not self- respond (Hus can continue to self-respond during this time)
Late August 2020 through October 2020 Area Census Offices Close
August 2020 through December 2020 Quality Evaluation (re-contact of select HUs)
April 30, 2021 Deliver Counts to the President
July 31, 2021 Deliver Redistricting Counts to States