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Latest News: The Arvada 2020 Census Complete Count Committee is meeting on Friday, Oct. 11 to finalize an outreach plan for the next six months. Check back on this page to find more updates.

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

As things heat up later this year, we will periodically update that this page and our other communications channels with ways to get involved. 

The Arvada Complete Count Committee

The Arvada Complete Count Committee kicked off on June 21 with a meeting at City Hall. The meeting included representatives from a variety of community partners, City staff, and Jefferson and Adams counties. The CCC will be a collaborative group of council members, community partners, City staff and United States Census staff to support a complete count of Arvada residents in the upcoming decennial census. More information will be posted as it is available.

It will be easier than ever to respond

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, by phone, as well as by mail. They will use data that the public has already provided to reduce followup visits. And, they are building an accurate address list and automating our field operations—all while keeping your information confidential and safe.

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Explore resources, project timeline and community engagement.

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  • The Arvada Complete Count Committee kicked off on June 21. Stay tuned for more updates as the CCC's work gets underway.
  • At its June 3 meeting, the Arvada City Council heard a presentation from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding the importance of the 2020 Census and passed a resolution forming a Complete Count Committee to support the complete count of all Arvada residents. Watch a recording of the  presentation and resolution
  • Watch the April 1 Census Bureau press briefing marking the one year out milestone from the 2020 Census.


  • September 2019–April 2020: Hiring of enumerators
  • January 2020: Enumeration of remote Alaskan communities takes place
  • 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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