The Census is Coming in March 2020
As citizens of the United States, we all have a civic duty to participate in the Constitutionally-required Census, a count of every single person in the U.S. that happens once every 10 years. Besides making us good citizens, our participation is also really good for the places in which we live because it directly impacts the federal funding our communities receive. More specifically, the Census helps establish more than $13 billion in federal funding for Colorado, including an estimated $1.4 billion in federal funding for the Denver community each year.
How does the Census work?
As important as it is, the Census has been designed to be as easy to complete as possible. It consists of 9 short questions that cover things like your age, sex, and number of people in your household. To get started, you will receive a letter addressed to the residents of your home. This letter will provide you with a unique code that you can use to complete your Census online or over the telephone in about 10 minutes. You’re responsible for detailing who lives in your home by answering a series of 9 questions:
- Phone number
- Age and Date of Birth
- Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin
- Household tenure (own/rent)
- Number of persons in the household
- Does a person usually stay or live somewhere else?
Why should you care about the Census?
Besides being a source of significant federal funding for Denver communities, an accurate Census count also helps:
- Federal, state, and local leaders make decisions about schools, hospitals, emergency services, roads, bridges, job training centers, and many other projects that affect your community.
- Residents use the Census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
- Businesses use Census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, which create jobs.
- Real estate developers use the Census to build new homes and revitalize older neighborhoods.
- Apportionment of S. House of Representative Seats. Using the count from the decennial Census, the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are redistributed based on population. Based on 2020 Census data, it is likely that Colorado could gain an additional House seat, creating Colorado House District 8.
When is it happening?
It’s closer than you think. The Census letters mentioned above will be mailed out sometime in early March 2020. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be well informed and prepared. Because your participation matters, there’s no time like the present to become familiar with the information we’ve shared here.
And don’t forget—when the time does arrive, you can complete the Census online, on the phone, or by mail and be done in less than 10 minutes. To learn more, visit denvergov.org/census2020.
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