There are many problems with the way the government collects the census. Census-takers going door to door just seems so old-fashioned. Plus, door-to-door Census measurement presents a number of challenges including residents away from their homes working or traveling and others who just don't like opening the door for a stranger. That could all change in 2020 because the Census Bureau is planning to go digital.
Later this year, parts of Georgia and Arizona will serve as testing grounds for the new digital initiative. The Census Bureau will ask people to answer questions about demographic information online instead of in person. Even if an in-person follow-up visit is required, census workers will enter information into Android smartphones instead of on paper.
The Census Bureau also tested out an online response system in Washington, D.C., and Maryland last year and was happy with the initial response rate.