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The 2020 Census has ended! Thank you to all who worked so hard in Washington to encourage participation.

Check out this 30-minute video diary of some of the amazing activities that communities across the state organized to ensure all residents of Washington were counted. Due to this widespread community involvement – and despite the COVID-19 pandemic – Washington is proud to be second in the nation in terms of self-response.

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2020 Census: Everyone Counts

OFM serves as the liaison between the state and the U.S. Census Bureau and acts as an advocate on census-related issues for Washington. In addition to being used to draw political boundaries, census data is used to distribute more than $1.5 trillion in federal funds to states, counties and cities. Private and public agencies, organizations, businesses and others also use census data to help decide where to build schools, roads, health care facilities and senior centers.

With 2020 Census data collection ended, OFM is closely tracking data quality and accuracy. In a series of analyses, OFM has registered its concern about the bureau’s plan to adopt a new disclosure avoidance system referred to as Differential Privacy. OFM will closely follow all reports addressing data quality concerns arising from the last-minute design changes in the census.