2020 census test has critics counting concerns, not people

Posted at 12:33 PM, Apr 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-07 12:33:54-04

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The success of the 2020 census could hinge on a single "dress rehearsal" in Rhode Island — and so far, many locals aren't impressed.

The census will be the first to include an online survey. The most populous county in Rhode Island is the only place where a full test is being run.

Community leaders in Providence County worry about a shortage of publicity around the test and its limited language outreach in an immigrant-heavy community.

Census Bureau officials say that the Rhode Island test is on track, and that they're focused on ensuring new technology it's using works, including a smartphone app and cloud computing.

Census officials say they have time to make any necessary changes.