Preparing for the 2020 Census

July 26, 2019

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We are less than a year from the 2020 U.S. Census and the fallout could be either very beneficial or very problematic for individual counties. Much will depend on how thoroughly the U.S. Census Bureau manages to count the people in each area because that count will have a huge impact. Not only will it affect congressional, statewide and local redistricting, but a significant number of federal programs use the population count to determine the level of funding allocated to each community.

A report from George Washington University's Institute of Public Policy found that "Preliminary analysis indicates that about 300 federal programs geographically allocate over $800 billion a year based on census-derived statistics."

To ensure a thorough count during the Census, many county officials participated in the Bureau's Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) operation. After all, if the Bureau doesn’t know about a new subdivision, those people just might get skipped. But LUCA was just the first step.

Sure, the Bureau needs to know where to find people in order to count them. But, they also need people to respond to the Census survey. One way to help ensure that everyone in your county responds is to create or join a Complete Count Committee. These committees use their local knowledge to educate the public and promote the Census, which then benefits their entire community by making sure the community gets everything it deserves. To find out more about Complete Count Committees, including which ones have been created near you, start with this page on the Bureau’s website.