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Why is the 2020 Census important?

The U.S. Constitution requires a national census every 10 years. Information from the Census Bureau (including data used by third-party researchers) affects the following: 

  • Data - how populations are defined informs service delivery by nonprofits and governments, where businesses locate their operations, and more  
  • Dollars - allocation of federal assistance throughout the country. This includes federal benefit and grant programs including Medicaid, Head Start, the National School Lunch Program, etc.
  • Democracy- allocation of Congressional and state legislative districts and drawing of districts

How will Colorado be affected by the 2020 Census?

Factors affecting the 2020 Census

COVID-19 

Due to federal physical distancing measures in response to COVID-19, the Census Bureau suspended most operations in Mid-March and modified its operational timeline. Outreach strategies such as canvassing, reaching people at public events, and encouraging people to use WiFi at local businessses have been put on hold. Instead, households are encouraged to complete the Census at home using available internet access. Outreach has shifted to email and social media strategies.      

Internet access

  • The Census will be conducted through a primarily online system
    • Most households will receive a postcard with a code directing them to fill out the form online
    • Households with limited broadband access will also receive hard copies of the Census form
  • After several reminders, enumerators will visit households that have not responded to collect information
  • Ensuring person information is protected from security breaches is critical 

Historically undercounted communities

  • Certain populations have been historically undercounted in previous counts including people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, children, immigrants, people in rural areas, and communities of color
  • Undercounts would reduce federal funding to programs that serve these populations in our nation and state
  • An attempt to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census did not succeed but could increase fear of completing the form

 

Census Help Hotlines

Together We Count

 

TWC is a local nonprofit dedicated to helping Coloradans with resources and any questions about the 2020 Census. You can also visit their website and use their chat box at: https://www.togetherwecount.org/

TWC Help Text Line- 303-622-5881 (English and Spanish)

 

Additional Resources

 

*For any additional questions or if you would like to help with Census Outreach efforts, please contact Chris Barrett, Colorado Nonprofit Association's Census Outreach Manager at cbarrett@coloradononprofits.org