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April 1, 2020 is Census Day

Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

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The census is the process of counting every resident in the country. The census is required by the U.S. Constitution and occurs every ten years.

The U.S. Census Bureau, the agency responsible for conducting the census, is a statistical agency, not an enforcement agency. The U.S. Census Bureau does not share any identifying data (i.e. data that could link an individual with specific answers) with the public or other government agencies. Individual responses are sealed for 72 years, a policy that is strictly enforced by the bureau to ensure individual privacy.

Census data is used to make decisions at every level of government about infrastructure, education, healthcare, emergency services, and political representation. Federal funding for state-wide initiatives is largely determined by state population relative to other states. Also, the number of congresspeople and Electoral College votes allotted to a state is determined by that state's population counts.

Getting an accurate count of population growth and migration is critical to ensure that every state receives the funding and representation needed to support its residents.

How Does The Census Impact Colorado?

In 2016, Colorado received $13 BILLION through federal programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census.

Colorado has 7 congressional seats apportioned following the 2010 Census. This number could grow following the 2020 Census, giving Colorado more representational power at the federal level (i.e. more representatives in the U.S. House and more electoral votes in the presidential elections).

Colorado's current congressional and state legislative district maps are drawn based on data from the 2010 Census. These maps will be redrawn by an independent commission following the 2020 Census. Learn more about Colorado's redistricting process here.

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Hard-To-Count Populations

The U.S. Census Bureau defines hard-to-count populations as hard to contact, hard to interview, hard to locate, and/or hard to persuade. Examples of traditionally hard-to-count populations consist of ethnic/racial minorities, homeless individuals, lower-income households, LGBTQ individuals, and others.

Check out the Jefferson County regions that the U.S. Census Bureau considers hard-to-count.

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Jefferson County's
Complete Count Committee

Complete County Committees (CCC) are volunteer committees established by tribal, state, and local governments and/or community leaders or organizations to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. CCCs serve as state and local “census ambassadors” and play an important role in ensuring a complete and accurate count of the community in the census. Success of the census depends on community involvement at every level.

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Census Day is April 1st, 2020, marking the official start of the 2020 Census. An accurate count of each and every one of us is vital to ensure the power, health, and safety of every community is maintained or enhanced in the upcoming decade.

Pledge to be counted and to educate your community about the importance of the 2020 Census. #countmein