The 2020 Census is approaching - and municipalities need to prepare. The Census population counts have major implications for how an estimated $675 billion is distributed to local governments each year. Redistricting of legislative districts and enforcement of statutes affecting voting rights rely on decennial Census data. The decennial Census has a major effect on towns and cities, and local leaders can play a significant role in its success.
- Inform residents that the census is easy and the data is protected.
- Create or join a Complete Count Committee in your area.
- Partner with other trusted voices and influential leaders who are committed to increasing census participation.
- Educate your residents on the importance of completing the census.
- Help with recruiting for census jobs.
Complete Count Committees back to top
The goal of the Census Bureau is a complete and accurate census.
Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. One way you can help is by forming a Complete Count Committee.
State and local governments, businesses and community leaders form Complete Count Committees to encourage participation in their community. They let their communities know that the census is easy, safe and important.
- By forming now, you can begin developing your plan, allocating your resources and informing your community.
- A good first step is identifying your community’s unique characteristics. Consider any barriers or concerns that may prevent your community members from participating in the census. Then you can explore ways to address or overcome those barriers.
- You can begin allocating funds for conducting outreach activities through 2020.
- Residents may begin to see census workers verifying our address list in your community. The more informed your residents are about the 2020 Census, the better they will understand the process and the more willing they will be to participate.
If you are interested in forming a Complete Count Committee, please read the Complete Count Committees pamphlet. You can also find information on Connecticut's regional office at https://www.census.gov/about/regions/new-york.html. In addition, you can visit Connecticut's Complete Count Committee page here.
Resources & Articles back to top
Staff from the New York Regional Census Center provided information at CCM's 2019 Convention. Click here to view that presentation.
- Connecticut Counts Census 2020
- Community Partnership and Engagement Program (CPEP)
- U.S. Census Bureau at a Glance
- How the Census Benefits Your Community
- Response Outreach Area Mapper
- Census Jobs
- Community Outreach Toolkit
- City University of New York Interactive Map - Search your community and get data on what neighborhoods require specific attention
- An article on how California plans to count the homeless in the 2020 census: https://www.ppic.org/blog/2020-census-counting-californias-homeless-population/
- Public Policy Institute of California, 2020 Census page: https://www.ppic.org/topics/trending-2020-census/
- Census guidelines -- Fighting 2020 Census Rumors: https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/rumors.html
Upcoming Events back to top
The National League of Cities (NLC) is holding a webinar on Census Disinformation on Thursday, February 13th at 1 pm. Click here to register.
CCM is holding two webinars on the 2020 Census and What You Need to Know, one on Friday, February 21st and the other on Thursday February 27th both at 10 am. Click here to register for the February 21st session. Click here to register for the February 27th session.
DHS Sharing Citizen Information back to top
The US Department of Homeland Security is sharing citizenship information with the US Census Bureau, as a result of an Executive Order, according to several sources:
• Homeland Security to share citizenship data with Census Bureau (NBC News article): https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/homeland-icurity-share-citizenship-data-census-n1111566
• To Produce Citizenship Data, Homeland Security To Share Records With Census (NPR story): https://www.npr.org/2020/01/04/793325772/to-produce-citizenship-data-homeland-security-to-share-records-with-census
• Department of Homeland Security notice: https://www.dhs.gov/publication/dhsallpia-079-department-homeland-security-dhs-immigration-related-information-sharing
The Executive Order is being challenged in federal court.
We will keep you apprised of further developments.
2020 Census Timeline back to top
On or between March 12-20, households will receive an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census. Some households will also receive paper questionnaires.
On or between March 16-24, households will receive a reminder letter.
If you have not responded yet:
On or between March 26-April 3, households will receive a reminder postcard.
On or between April 8-16, households will receive a reminder letter and paper questionnaire.
On or between April 20-27, households will receive a final reminder postcare before Census staff follow up in person.
Other key dates:
April 1, 2020 - Census Day
Mid-May 2020 - Juy 2020 - Census takers go door to door
December 31, 2020 - Tabulate data and release Census results
How is My Community Affected? back to top
The Census determines the annual allocation of $675 billion in federal funding. This includes: Medicaid, SNAP, Highway Planning, Section 8 Housing, Special Education Grants, S-CHIP, Title I Grants, National School Lunch Program, WIC, Head Start, Foster Care, and Health Center Programs.
The State of Connecticut provides several examples of how the census data is used:
- School Districts: Accurate counts of the student population by age, sex, race, ethnicity, and address are necessary for short- and long-term enrollment projections and planning initiatives. The Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) formula is derived, in part, using census inputs.
- Funding Streams: The census is the foundation for official state, county, and municipal estimates upon which per capita funding allocations are determined. Funding allocation streams include federal, state, local allocations as well as grants from the federal and state governments and for profit and non-profit organizations.
- Health Statistics: Accurate population counts from the 2020 census will directly impact the accuracy of major public health statistics: birth rates, infectious and chronic disease rates, cancer incidence rates, mortality rates, and indicators of health that are based on survey data – all of which are stratified by age, sex, race and ethnicity in order to target public health interventions.
- Emergency Preparedness and Programmatic Planning: Local health districts utilize census data for preparedness planning (e.g., immunizations, shelters), programmatic health planning for towns, identifying vulnerable populations (elderly, very young, pregnant), and steering funds.
- Municipal Planning: Predicting economic changes on the horizon (such as those that affect tax revenue) and transportation, housing, public safety, and other needs and trends.
- Representation in the General Assembly: The data from the decennial census are used to create Connecticut’s voting districts which in turn are used for house and senate districts in the General Assembly.
- Long-Term Impact on Municipalities: Complete addressing affects municipalities in a long-term way. While the 2020 census occurs on April 1, 2020, the Census address file is used by the American Community Survey and other census products for the entire decade. Under-representation can have a ten-year impact on population estimates and misrepresentation of demographics in 2020 can lead to long-term miscalculations.