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2020 Census

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Arvada Complete Count Committee members and City partners who will be supporting the 2020 Census are invited to visit for outreach materials and points of contact.

It's almost time to "Make Arvada Count" in the 2020 Census

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Why is the City supporting the 2020 Census?

Every ten years the Census Bureau counts the entire population of the country and at the location where each person usually lives. The census also collects demographic information such as group living situations, sex, age and race of each person. The City of Arvada has a vested interest in achieving an accurate and complete census because the results:

  • Determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Affect the distribution of over $675 billion in federal and state funding each year
  • Are used to draw political districts
  • Inform City master planning, public safety, emergency preparedness and other City projects. Residents use the census to support community initiatives

New in 2020
In 2020, the Census Bureau will implement new technology to make it easier than ever to respond to the census. For the first time, you will be able to respond online and by phone. For those who do not have internet access, a paper form will be made available. And, your information is confidential and safe.


  • September 2019–April 2020: Hiring of enumerators
  • March 2020: Census postcards are sent to most homes
  • March 12–20 2020: Mailing 1: Letter with info to take survey online (the majority of people will get this) or Letter + Paper Survey (20–25% of people based on demographic characteristics and Internet connectivity of a geographic area will receive this)
  • March 16–24 2020: Mailing 2: Reminder letter to non-respondents
  • March 26–April 3 2020: Mailing 3: Postcard to non-respondents
  • April 2020: Mailing 4: Letter + questionnaire to non-respondents
  • April 2020: Mailing 5: “It’s not too late” postcard to non-respondents
  • March–August 2020: Conduct self-response
  • March–July 2020: Conduct Internet self-response, including non-ID processing
  • March–July 2020: Conduct Census questionnaire assistance
  • March–August 2020: Conduct paper data capture
  • April 1, 2020: Census Day
  • April–May 2020: Conduct update leave
  • May–July 2020: Conduct non-response follow-up: Census enumerators visit addresses from the Census Master Address File that did not complete a Census questionnaire and collect information at the door
  • May–July 2020: Conduct non-response follow-up re-interview
  • June–July 2020: Conduct Group Quarters Advance Contact
  • July 2020: Conduct Group Quarters Service-Based Enumeration
  • July–August 2020: Conduct Group Quarters Enumeration
  • Dec. 31, 2020: The Census director delivers apportionment counts to the President
  • April 2021: Publish Prototype P.L. 94-171 Data and Geographic Products
  • March 2021: The Census Bureau completes delivery of redistricting counts to the states



Ben Irwin, Communications Manager 


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