It's almost time to "Be Counted" in 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 ensuring 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
- Watch the April 1 Census Bureau press briefing marking the one year out milestone from the 2020 Census.
How the City can help
Among other activities, the City of Arvada will be organizing a complete count committee, various awareness events and sharing information from the Census Bureau. As things heat up later this year, we will periodically update that this page and our other communications channels with ways to get involved.
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.
The official United States population must be reported to the president by Dec. 31, 2020.